By Victoria Ojeme
Abuja—The ECOWAS Election Observation Mission, EOM, has ruled out sabotage in the malfunctioning of the Biometric Verification Machines in some polling units during last week’s Ghana presidential elections won by incumbent President, Mr John Mahama, of the National Democratic Party
A preliminary statement on the election, by EOM led by former President Olusegun Obasanjo and made available to journalists in Abuja, yesterday, insisted that the resultant delays, extension of voting time, as well as disenfranchisement of voters due to malfunctioning of the newly introduced Biometric Verification Machine did not significantly affect the out come of the election held on Friday December 7 and Saturday December 8, 2012.
The statement, however, advised Ghana Election Commission to provide back-up BVM or suitable identification procedure in case of failure of the BVM in future elections.
The ECOWAS, EOM also canvassed use of BVM at lesser elections to enable electoral officials get proper understanding and efficient use of the machine, newly introduced for use in the just concluded elections.
According to the statement; “ECOWAS Observation Mission notes the delays caused by the late delivery/non-delivery of electoral materials and the malfunctioning of the Biometric Verification Machines in some cases.