EC Advised Against Database Anomalies


A renowned Information Technologist Dan Brown Anti has cautioned the Electoral Commission (EC) to avoid entering names of persons whose details are not included in the database onto the electoral register as this could lead to data update anomalies in the national database.

The expert was speaking to the DAILY GUIDE about how to protect the integrity of the national database and the electoral process in the country. Explaining further he said “a data update anomaly may happen when inserting vital record into a particular table in a database when one or more instances of duplicated data is updated in some instances”.

According to him, since the compilation of the last Voters’ Register, other state institutions as well as recognized international firms whose work revolve around the collection and management of data have used the National Voters’ Register for data entry analysis.

Asked if it was possible for the EC to update the Voters’ Register while the registration of voters is still closed, he said “that will create an anomaly which may compromise the credibility of the entire register because the update cannot be effected on the duplicated data base in the hands of other state institutions and international firms which sourced their details from the EC”.

His admonition comes against the background of speculations that the EC is seeking to fraudulently issue a national voters ID card to Dr. Zanetor Rawlings whose legality to contest for parliamentary office is being challenged under Article 94 of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana.

He further stated that his argument can be corroborated with comments made by Kofi Adams and Kofi Anyidoho, both national executives of the NDC, who have explained that the NDC membership card can only be procured using the national voters ‘ID card.

A number of persons have wondered why the NDC National Executives and Vetting Committee overlooked important rules by clearing the candidature of Dr. Zanetor Rawlings in the first instance.

Some constituents of Klottey Korle are convinced beyond a shadow of doubt that she did not and does not meet the above requirement.


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