CHARLOTTE OSEI SPENT MORE ON A LIMITED REGISTRATION EXERCISE THAN WHAT JEAN MENSA IS SPENDING ON AN ENTIRELY NEW REGISTER.

CHARLOTTE OSEI SPENT MORE ON A LIMITED REGISTRATION EXERCISE THAN WHAT JEAN MENSA IS SPENDING ON AN ENTIRELY NEW REGISTER.

Having lost t he argument as to why the EC should not proceed with its planned compilation of a new voters’ register, the opposition NDC and its friends have resorted to appealing to the sentiments of Ghanaians.

Their new argument is that the cost involved in this new project is outrageously high and same can be used to build roads, schools and other amenities.

They say taxpayers’ monies are not being used judiciously and are, therefore, appealing to Ghanaians to join them in their planned protests.

In effect, they claim that this GHC440 million budget for the new biometric registration exercise beats its siblings in the past. To this end, it has to be jilted for us to use the 2012 register which brought the NPP to power.

Let’s take a stroll back into time to see how much was spent on similar projects.

Dr Kwadwo Afari Djan spent GHC170 million to compile the 2012 biometric register.

The 2014/2015 limited registration exercise cost Ghana GHC288 million.

Interestingly, the Charlotte Osei-led EC used GHC488 million to conduct the 2016 limited registration exercise. Emphasis is on LIMITED REGISTRATION EXERCISE.

Jean Mensa and her team are overhauling the entire system because it is aged and cannot be relied upon. The software is obsolete and this point has been made by the EC’s IT department on several occasions.

Moreover, it has been established that it costs more maintaining the existing system than building a new and more efficient one. Nobody has been able to dispute this fact with any counter evidence.

With a new, modern and more enhanced biometric technology, Jean Mensa is spending just GHC440 million, and our friends in the NDC are crying wolf?

The limited registration exercise conducted by Charlotte Osei in 2016 costs more than the new register Jean Mensa has proposed.

It stands to reason that the NDC and its IPRAN friends have lost the argument on the cost implications of the registration exercise to be carried out by the Jean Mensa-led Electoral Commission.

Their reasons have been stripped naked by these indisputable figures. They only want to make Ghana ungovernable for the Akufo-Addo administration.

The alternative is a threat to our security. The alternative is desperate for power. The alternative is a walking disaster!

P.K.Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.