Dictator Kwame Nkrumah outdid himself last week. He not only flatly refused to free three political prisoners who had been acquitted by Ghana's highest court, but he summarily fired the judge who had presided over their trial.

The defendants, five in all, were charged with treason after Nkrumah was wounded in the shoulder by a bomb in an attempt on his life in August 1962.


Biometric voter registration represents a means to accurately capture unique physical features of an individual in addition to demographic data of the Ghanaian voter. The intent of implementing this project is to prevent multiple voter registration and voting, as well as mitigating the incidence of voter fraud.

This document aims to highlight and address gaps in the Biometric registration process as well as offer mitigation controls to limit the amount of risks that the implementation of this project presents.

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In his book, “By Nkrumah’s Side”, Tawiah Adamafio, a former confidante of Dr Kwame Nkrumah and Information Minister of the Convention People’s Party administration, who was later on to be tried and convicted for the Kulungugu assassination attempt on the life of Ghana’s first President, wrote of the nature of the CPP at the time:

“I knew their intrigues and jealousies, the vicious whispering campaigns and the rumour mongering, the deliberate name-smearing and wicked mud-slinging, the character assassination, the interminable inner party struggle, the incompetence and greed, the bribery and corruption.” more>>>

We refer you to our previous correspondence on the need to get IPAC convened and deliberating on matters regarding the forthcoming Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) exercise and other issues pertaining to the 2012 general elections.

Our call for specific information and material to enable us convince ourselves that the “tender process” leading to the procurement of equipment and materials is credible has fallen on, sadly, deaf ears.

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Biometric Voter Registration - Road Map
ELECTORAL COMMISSION, ROAD MAP FOR BIOMETRIC VOTER REGISTRATION. Please find below listing of major activities of the biometric voter registration project segmented into quarterly timeframes, using 3rd quarter as reference point. more>>>
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Research International Opinion Poll - March 2011
The results showed a 15% discrepancy between the percentage who claimed to have voted and the actual outturn in 2008. This result is not surprising in view of the general tendency among Ghanaians to over-claim. This is a typical therefore one must always tamper claims with a little bit of caution, whether it is in the consumption of products or relationship to things or individuals. Therefore, the near 90% respondents who said they would vote in 2012 must be looked at carefully since the average over the past three elections is no where near 80%. Click here for full details of report
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