Jean Mensa to upload voters register on Google Drive again despite the backlash from the public.
The Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa justified the decision to publish the voter’s register ahead of the polls.
She claimed the Commission is enjoined by law to make public details of the register.
The EC splashed a google drive link on its website on Friday, November 20, which displayed details of the over 17,029,981 registered voters. The published register showed the ages of registrants among others.
Speaking at a training workshop for journalists in the country in Accra yesterday, Jean disclosed that the register was pulled down for some modification to be done on the website.
She added that the elections management body[EMB] published the register in the spirit of transparency ahead of the December 7 presidential and parliamentary elections.
“We recognize that it can be more functional and therefore they are working to introduce more functionality into it. I believe in the coming days it will be put out there again.:”
Jean defended the act by saying;
“The register that was put out, we’re enjoined by law to publish the voter’s register. Indeed the law C.I. 127 requires that the provisional voter’s register is published on our website. That same law states that the final register is published in a manner that the Commission deems fit. And we are well aware that the ID card has come to be used for other activities, but for the commission’s point of view that card is provided for voting purposes only. And in this era of transparency and openness, the Commission believes that it’s important to publish the register and that’s why the register was published to enable citizens check their details.