The Electoral Commission (EC) has declared that District-Level Elections will proceed without the reliance on indelible ink.

The EC asserts that the introduction of the biometric system will effectively address the issue of double voting, a purpose traditionally served by indelible ink.

Despite the EC’s decision, the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has expressed reservations regarding the omission of indelible ink in the electoral process.

However, Jean Mensah, the Chairperson of the EC, dismissed the concerns raised by the NDC during a media briefing held in Accra on Monday, December 18, 2023.

Madam Mensah emphasized that the utilization of the biometric system should alleviate any apprehensions raised by the NDC.

“The issue of indelible ink, the question is when we were not doing biometric, we were basically using your face and card. We look at your face and we say this picture looks like you. Biometric technology doesn’t make it easy for a person who has been verified and cast his or her vote to cast a second time. So there is no room for indelible ink, because once you have been verified, it goes into the system and you can’t vote a second time.

“So, you can try it if you wish at this election, but of course it will be deemed as an electoral offence. But because biometric technology facial features are recognized or your fingerprint is recognized and verified, you cannot vote a second time. So that is the reason why the Commission took the decision to do away with indelible ink,” she explained.

Source: Ghana/