New C.I. may result in multiple voting and ballot stuffing: – Dr Afari-Gyan

Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, the former head of the Electoral Commission (EC), has issued a warning about the possibility of repeated voting and ballot stuffing in the elections of 2024 if the Commission’s proposed Constitutional Instrument is approved by parliament.

Dr. Afari-Gyan defined Ballot stuffing as; “where an unscrupulous person puts into the ballot box additional ballot papers that were not duly cast in accordance with the election law”.

Over voting on the other hand according to him is; “Where one person votes more than once.”

Regulation 3 of the proposed Constitutional Instrument (CI) reads as follows;

“Voters register

3. (1) Each electoral area shall have a voters register consisting of the voters registers of the polling stations in the electoral area.

 (2) Each constituency shall have a register consisting of the voters registers of the electoral areas within the constituency concerned.”

He contends that these two voting anomalies could happen because the proposed law will capture two different types of voter registers.

These are the opinions Dr. Afari-Gyan shared in a statement that was printed in the Daily Graphic.

Dr. Afari-Gyan further mentioned that the current Biometric Verification devices used during voting “do not so to speak, talk to each other in the field to indicate who has voted at which polling station.”

“Until such a time that the devices are configured to be interactive in this way, my concern about any of the two registers being used at the polling station is that it opens the door more widely to two kinds of voting infractions, namely multiple voting and ballot stuffing,” he cautioned.

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