Don’t fancy going through over 1,000 pages to check if your name has been deleted from Ghana’s voters register? We have the answer.
Then you should simply log onto http://machecki.com to check if your name is included in the list of over 56,000 persons who have been removed.
Earlier this month, the apex court ordered the Electoral Commission (EC) to expunge the names of all persons who used the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) card as proof of Ghanaian citizenship when they registered for the new voters register in 2012.
The EC presented to court the names of some 56, 900 people who used the card to register. The court also ordered that any further names that would be found should also be deleted and all those affected given an opportunity to re-register.
Earlier this week, the EC announced that it had deleted the names of all NHIS registrants and said that from Monday July 18 through to Thursday July 28 all affected persons can re-registered at any of the EC’s district offices.
Machecki is an identification management and verification system designed by a team of young Ghanaians. The idea was first developed as part of a competition organised by Making All Voices Count. Macheki won the competition; organised in May 2015; for its work at helping to increase citizen participation in elections.
In an interview, Divine Puplampu (the project lead of Machecki) told Pulse News, they “won funding to embark on the project so it is actually free to use by all including the Electoral Commission...The original aim was for it to be used by electorates to verify their details when the voters register is exhibited.”
However, the Electoral Commission has not yet bought into the idea of using this technology. So when the EC published the names of people who have been deleted, they saw a great opportunity to showcase the possibilities of the platform.
“We worked overnight on this shortly after the EC published the list. So from 8pm on Thursday night through to 4am this morning, we have worked to simplify the process of checking…Looking at the buzz this has created so far online…we are hoping this might catch the attention of the EC and speed up our conversation about using this for the exhibition.”
[The EC] has not shut their doors on us yet but we are hoping the door gets open wider so we can enter quickly” - Puplampu said.
At the time of Pulse News’ interview with project lead Divine Puplampu; some 989 people were active on the platform checking their details. This formed part of 37,400 visits to the website five hours after it had gone online.
These visits were not only from Ghana. Macheki has recorded visitors from across the world; from the United States, Britain, Kenya, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia among others.
Aside the re-registration of those who used the NHIS card, the EC will exhibit the provisional voters register for 21 days (instead of the usual 10 days); from Monday July 18 to August 7.
According to the EC, an exhibition exercise has never seen over 20 percent of electorates turning up to verify their details such as the right spelling of names; date of birth and other important personal details.
As such, the team at Machecki hopes that if the EC takes up this initiative, citizen participation especially among the youth would greatly improve.