New Patriotic Party’s Director of Research and Elections, Evans Nimako has indicated that his party is likely to resort to electronic voting for its parliamentary primaries this year.
Their consideration to resort to E-voting is influenced by threats posed by COVID-19 and the need to observe health and safety protocols including the issue of social and physical distancing.
According to him, the Coronavirus pandemic has greatly affected the party’s plans, evidenced in the suspension of its parliamentary primaries in April.
However, with election 2020 definitely coming off, according to him, the party will need to have representatives for its 168 constituencies, hence the decision to consider other forms of voting at this point in time.
Mr. Nimako disclosed that there have been proposals to either handpick candidates or resort to e-voting to select its parliamentary candidates.
But should the decision be endorsed by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party, there would be e-voting for all delegates and the party will make ensure that the primaries take place without a hitch.
He stated that delegates wouldn’t have to converge at voting centers as they can conveniently vote from their phones in the comfort of their homes or at the constituency secretariat because they would be given unique numbers to vote.
“If not for COVID-19, the NPP would have been done with its parliamentary primaries. As a result of COVID-19, every institution looks out for innovative ways to carry on with its normal duties like zoom meeting, conferences, among others that will make sure there is social distancing. This has influenced NPP’s decision to consider resorting to e-voting to curb the spread of the virus,” he said.
He continued, “we await for president’s decision on social gathering and after the National Chairman, Freddie Blay will call for a meeting where we will decide whether to use e-voting or not. It is something the party is considering and any decision that comes out will be communicated.”
“If we go with e-voting, our IT directorate will develop a platform where delegates, polling station executives, would be captured in a database and people will be given unique numbers to assess on their phones and vote. The motive is not to gather because of COVID-19,” he added.
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