Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, the Director of Elections and IT for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), has expressed his party’s readiness to assist the Jean Mensa led Electoral Commission (EC) in addressing the network challenges it has been facing in preparation for the 2024 general elections.
Former Communications Minister Dr. Omane Boamah emphasised that the NDC is willing to provide support to the EC with a “patriotic zeal” to promptly resolve the recurrent network issues.
In a Facebook post on October 11, Dr. Omane Boamah stated that the network breakdowns that occurred during the 2023 limited voters’ registration exercise were unacceptable. He underscored the NDC’s commitment to assisting the EC to ensure that Ghanaians can exercise their right to vote without any hindrance.
Furthermore, Dr. Omane Boamah mentioned that the NDC is actively investigating the root causes of the frequent disruptions in the EC’s network system. The party believes that these “network breakdowns” pose a significant threat to democracy if they were to recur during the 2024 elections.
“We shall, with patriotic zeal, assist the EC to troubleshoot the problem(s) for immediate remedy,” he affirmed.
Dr. Omane Boamah also alleged that the EC had not achieved its target for the limited voters’ registration exercise. He advised the EC to remain flexible on matters related to the 2024 elections, emphasizing that the Guarantor system remains a vital identifier for many Ghanaians and cannot be eliminated hastily through any new Constitutional Instrument.
The NDC’s willingness to collaborate with the EC demonstrates a commitment to the democratic process and a determination to ensure that the upcoming elections run smoothly and without technical hindrances.
This gesture by the opposition has rekindled the debate surrounding their ability to effectively collate electoral results.
Political observers are questioning whether the NDC is technically proficient enough to provide assistance to the Electoral Commission. This skepticism arises from their past performance, as they have not convincingly demonstrated the capability to successfully collate their own results in the 2016 and 2020 elections.