Ghanaians slam EC for publishing details of electorates on its website

A section of Ghanaians has criticised the Electoral Commission (EC) for publishing details of their voters’ registration online.

Speaking to JoyNews, the interviewees said they were dismayed that their personal information including their age had been published on the internet.

The move, they say, breaches the Data Protection Laws of the country.

“There are some people who want their information like names, age among others to be hidden, so you putting it online, will be a problem for them,” one said.

Another added, “It is my own secret, so why should they put it out there like that. I think everybody should have been given a unique password so that that they could individually access their own information online.”

The Electoral Commission published the full voters roll on its website over the weekend as stipulated by law but since the publication, the Commission has received severe backlash from some Ghanaians.

However, Executive Director of the Data Protection Commission, Patricia Edusei Poku said although the EC did not breach Data Protection laws in publishing the voters’ register online, it should have informed the electorate about its decision to do so.

Madam Edusei-Poku also noted that the EC should have also referenced the law that allowed it to publish the data.

The Chairperson of the EC, Jean Mensah, on Tuesday, justified the decision to publish the full details of persons captured in the electoral roll stating that “C.I. 127 requires that the provisional voter’s register is published on our website.

“That same law states that the final register is published in a manner that the Commission deems fit.”

According to her, making the register public will ensure transparency in the electoral process.

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