Sunday, 25 February

2024 polls: Don't scrap indelible ink use – Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu to EC

Pinky finger dipped into indelible ink in the process of casting votes

To the extent that the regional databases of the Electoral Commission are not interconnected to enable them detect multiple voting by an individual, the elections management body must maintain the use of the indelible ink to help distinguish between who has voted and who has not, Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has said.

Speaking to journalists about the EC's no-indelible ink proposal for the 2024 polls, the Suame MP explained: "“The database of the electoral commission, as far as some of us do know, don't talk to one another".

"The database of the regions talk to themselves, so you cannot vote in Suame and then run to Offinso North to vote; you would be caught because [over] there, it is synchronised but they don’t go beyond the regions", he pointed out.

“So, it is possible for one person to vote in Accra and dash to Bole to cast their vote".

"So, to the fact that the database is not talking to themselves, it is important that we further guarantee any abuse of the system to resort to the use of the indelible ink".

"So, we are appealing to the EC to reintroduce it.”

The minority caucus has, in the past, also expressed reservations against the proposal.