Barely 24 hours after the Electoral Commission released the names of voters deleted from its register for using National Health Insurance Scheme cards for registration, a team of Ghanaian developers have developed a simple and efficient web-portal to check if one’s name has been deleted or not.
The portal, machecki.com, makes it easy for voters both home and abroad to check if their name is included in the list of 56,000 voters the EC struck out from the registers on the orders of a Supreme Court ruling.
According to the team of developers who worked on machecki.com, for a voter to check if their detail is captured in the deleted names, they should log on to the platform and enter either their voter’s ID or NHIS card number. This will return with a result which proves whether they have been captured or not.
Divine Puplampu and Agbenyegah Kirk Saviour, the two lead developers, said the two-step responsive web-portal simplifies the EC’s move to ensure no voter is disenfranchised in the upcoming Presidential and Parliamentary polls.
“The 56,900 list released by the EC yesterday spans 1171 pages. Rather than scanning through that huge document, the voter can just use their Voter ID or NHIS number to check their eligibility, simple as that,” Mr. Puplampu said.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Machecki Technologies Ltd, the wholly-owned Ghanaian IT firm, Richard Annerquaye Abbey, said the company is poised to deliver on other innovative products that will enhance the country’s electoral process and stands ready to engage the Electoral Commission.
Machecki Ghana is a foremost identity-verification company that has developed Ghana’s first web-based application that enables registered voters to verify their details in Ghana’s voters’ register to ensure their details are present and captured without errors, making them eligible for participating in the upcoming elections.
The team is still engaging with the Electoral Commission to make this technology available in the coming Voters’ Register Exhibition Exercise.
Machecki was birthed through a Making All Voices Count (MAVC) competition in May 2015 that seeks to unearth innovative tech solutions to improve electoral processes and accountability in Governance.