The Electoral Commission has disclosed that the number for eligible voters is now 17,007,726.
According to the Commission, this is only temporary until after the registration exercise on 1 October.
The Commission has previously said that it had enrolled nearly 16.9 million voters.
At the press conference on Monday, however, the President of the EC, Ms Jean Mensa, reported that an additional 44,420 names had been added and that there was still a shortfall of some 7,515 names.
There were complaints about certain missing names in the list during last week’s exhibition exercise.
Mrs Mensa clarified that, during the general registration exercise, there was a defective transmission of data from USB sticks to the central registry.
In some cases, we have encountered some defective transmissions in the course of exporting data from USB sticks to the central registry, which has led to a data shortage in some regions. It is important to emphasize that while the registration process is guided by IT, there is a considerable amount of human intervention that can lead to mistakes at any step of the way from registration to show.
“Our technologies worked optimally as planned in a nutshell. However, the human aspect fell short in some cases, leading to some gaps in the results we encountered during the exercise at the show,” she explained.
Resolution of errors
According to Ms Mensa, a technological procedure called ‘End of Life’ was used by the IT department of the EC to return the missing names to the registry.
She clarified that the procedure involved the transfer of data to flash drives on the biometric registration kits that were used during the registration.
We have successfully retrieved and intend to recover from the provisional registry legitimate applicants that have been absent, “she added.”
Mrs Mensa said that, citing cases in Ashaiman and other places where certain names were absent from the registry, those names were being restored through the inclusion process.
“We have a shortfall of 165 people in the case of Ashaiman and we need these people to come into the registry through the inclusion process,” she said.
The voter exhibition exercise was identified by Mrs Mensa as successful.
According to her, during the 10-day provisional exhibition exercise for electors, 7,969,887 citizens confirmed their information.
That figure accounts for 46.9% of the overall number of voters on the provisional registry.