Demanding transparency in the STL EC Deal, a private legal practitioner, Nana Obiri Boahen, has hinted of a possible suit against the EC on the role of STL, in the management of Ghana’s electoral matters
Something is not clear in the conflicting relationship between the Electoral Commission (EC) and Superlock Technologies Ltd (STL). The STL EC Deal remains confusing to the general public as many continue seeking answers to the issue. The reason for the argument is this; The EC in 2012 denied contracting STL to transmit election results to them, but a recent statement from the Ministry of Interior suggests otherwise.
A United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) had released a report that indicting the EC and STL over the handling of the biometric voter register (BVR) from 2012 till date. But the EC on the other hand has remained silent over the exact role of STL in Ghana’s electoral matters, which is worrying to Ghanaians.
The STL EC Deal has stirred up lots of political controversies, with different opposition parties and political big wigs questioning the entire process. The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) had on April 1, issued a statement asking the EC to come clean the exact contract with STL.
Also different political groups have asked the EC to abrogate the contract it has with STL. Demanding transparency in the STL EC Deal, a private legal practitioner, Nana Obiri Boahen, has hinted of a possible suit against the EC on the role of STL, in the management of Ghana’s electoral matters. He has said that so many people have approached him to take on the issue because of the Vague nature of the saga. Nana Boahen, who is also the Deputy General Secretary of the NPP said he is taking on the matter from a lawyers point of view and not with political motives.
According to the UNDP report, STL was expected to work on the biometric database system and fully hand over the system to the IT Department of the EC before the 2012 elections. However the STL has up till this moment have not carried out its own part of the contract, leaving the EC’s IT department dormant.
The report explained that STL has not been transparent with the officials of the IT department to enable the later to understand how the system functions even though STL officials are based in the IT Department of the EC.
Some reports have also suggested that STL is trying to monopolize the voters register database which is why they have purposely rendered the IT dept dormant because without them they can’t function. However, the STL EC Deal speculations can only be clarified by the EC whom have remained silent on the matter.