Monday, 17 June

Missing BVR saga: Be vigilant - Nana B to NPP executives

Henry Nana Baokye

The National Organizer of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Henry Nana Boakye (Nana B), has exposed an alleged scheme by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) to implicate the NPP in the controversy surrounding the missing Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits and Biometric Verification Devices (BVDs).

According to Nana B, credible sources indicate that the NDC intended to plant some of the missing devices, which are currently in their possession, at various NPP offices across the country. 

He noted that the opposition party is allegedly planning to bring selected media houses to these locations to capture footage showing the missing devices purportedly found in NPP offices.

Nana B further revealed that some members of the NDC had prior knowledge of the theft of the BVR kits and planned to steal components from 25 other BVRs. 

These components, when assembled, could be used for voter registration, he revealed.

The controversy began in April when the Electoral Commission (EC) handed over individuals suspected of stealing five laptops, part of the BVR kits, to the police. 

This followed allegations by the NDC about the missing kits. 

The NDC Minority in Parliament first announced the missing kits on March 19, 2024, calling for urgent police action and expressing concerns about the upcoming December election.

On March 20, 2024, the EC clarified that it was five laptops, not the Biometric Verification Devices, that were stolen. Despite this, the NDC called on the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, to investigate the unaccounted BVR components to ensure fair December polls.

NDC National Chairman Johnson Asiedu Nketia claimed the stolen BVR kits could be used to illegally register voters for the December 7 general elections. 

The EC, however, assured Ghanaians that the missing laptops alone could not be used for voter registration or verification.

Nana B asserts that the NDC's insistence on the stolen kits being used to tamper with elections is part of a scheme to hide the kits in NPP offices and accuse the EC of colluding with the governing party to rig the elections. This strategy, according to Nana B in a Facebook post dated May 20, 2024 echoes a 2008 plot in the Akwatia Constituency where NDC members allegedly planted stolen ballot boxes at an NPP executive's house and then called for his arrest.

Given this situation, Nana B urges all NPP Constituency Executives, Regional Executives, and party stakeholders to remain vigilant around party offices to prevent potential intrusions by the NDC.

The unfolding events highlight the heightened tensions and accusations between the two major political parties as the December elections approach.

Source: Mensah