Tenders for biometric registration opened
Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC), says the EC has opened tenders for the selection of the company that will undertake the biometric registration of Ghanaians before the 2012 elections.
He explains that the tenders were from seven short-listed companies, adding that all the documented proposals will be assessed and those that meet the stringent technical specification proposed by the EC will again be short-listed to select one for the job.
Dr. Afari-Gyan disclosed this in Accra, during a five-day Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) Modular Workshop on Voter Registration, which was organized by the International IDEA as part of its ongoing partnership with the African Union.
He said that the process is aimed at ensuring that all the processes comply with the law governing competitive bidding in Ghana, pointing out that after the opening of the tenders, the seven companies will be made to demonstrate through various presentations to the Commission, their technical capacity for the job and their financial proposals, after which a final selection will be made.
The replacement of the manual voters register with a biometric one would address some critical issues such as double registration and voting. Among others, voters who would be registered would have their finger prints captured.