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Compilation of a new voters register will cost Ghana $150m – IMANI

Political think tank, IMANI Africa has disclosed that the Electoral Commission (EC) will spend a minimum of $150m if it should go ahead and compile new voters register in April.

According to IMANI, this amount is contrary to the figure of $58m being quoted by the EC as the total cost of a new register.

In a press conference addressed by Honorary Vice President of IMANI, Bright Simmons, he said the claims by the EC in justification of a new register have been mostly untruths.

“When we add all that up, it comes to one simple conclusion that since 2011, it is a lie that we have not bought any new equipment and we’ve spent millions of dollars. From the parliamentary records, we’ve seen almost US$80 million since then buying new things. So if we have to do anything, we just have to do a little more repairs, do a little maintenance, buy a few things, and that will not get you to the US$74 million that they said you need to improve the current system”, he said.

“This is not necessarily about this administration. This has been going on for years and it turns out that we are spending too much. You all have an idea of how much a laptop, camera and scanner costs, and you put it together and add a printer. When someone tells you that it’s US$3,500 to US$4,000, you don’t have to be a genius to know.”

Source: Pulse gh.com

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