The Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has called upon the Electoral Commission (EC) to maintain the use of indelible ink during the 2024 polls, citing concerns about the integrity of the electoral process.
In a statement to journalists regarding the EC’s proposal to eliminate the use of indelible ink, the Suame MP emphasized the importance of this traditional safeguard in preventing multiple voting. He pointed out that the regional databases of the Electoral Commission are not interconnected, making it possible for individuals to exploit gaps in the system.
Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu highlighted the risk of voter fraud, explaining that without a unified database, individuals could potentially vote in one location and then travel to another to cast additional ballots. He stressed the necessity of indelible ink in ensuring transparency and accountability in the electoral process, particularly in the absence of comprehensive database synchronization.
Acknowledging the concerns raised by the minority caucus regarding the EC’s proposal, the Majority Leader echoed their reservations and appealed to the Electoral Commission to reconsider its decision and reintroduce the use of indelible ink for the upcoming elections.
This call for the retention of indelible ink underscores the importance of robust measures to safeguard the integrity of the electoral process and uphold the principles of democracy in Ghana.