2020 Polls: Election Data Is Safe And Will Be Preserved – EC Tells NDC.

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The Electoral Commission (EC) in a statement says it has carefully preserved and safeguarded all records and data relating to the 2020 elections describing the NDC’s allegation of plotting to destroy evidence related to verified voters as “false” and “misleading”.

This comes after the NDC accused the EC that its directive to deactivate Biometric Verification Devices (BVDs) constitutes illegality as deactivation would destroy evidence and result in the loss of data. The Party has also accused the commission of being used to manipulate the 2020 Election results.

But the EC in a statement said the process of deactivation does not delete data on the BDVs.

“The process of deactivation is therefore meant to preserve the sanctity of the verification data on the BVD and does not delete it. As a matter of fact, several copies of the verification data are kept on the BVD.”

It said the BVDs were deactivated to prevent any potential mischief of persons being verified after the close of polls.

“It is also instructive to note that the BVDs were only activated prior to their use for the elections as a safeguard to ensure that no one was verified before the start of polls. Similarly, at the close of polls, the BVDs were deactivated to prevent any potential mischief of persons being verified after the close of polls.”

“This was demonstrated at an Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting held on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. The meeting was attended by representatives of the political parties including Mr. Peter Boamah Otokunor (Deputy General Secretary) and Mr Daniel Amartey (Deputy Director, Elections) of the NDC, Civil Society Organisations and Development Partners. The demonstration of the BVD was prompted by a similar allegation by the NDC that the deactivation BVDs would result in the loss of data,” the statement issued on Friday, December 18, added.

Full statement below:

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