The actual cost for replacement of lost Voter ID card is 5 Ghana cedis to be paid into the Electoral Commission’s bank account, according to the ECs Sunyani Municipal Officer, Mr Yaw Opoku. However, some EC officials charge an unofficial amount of money ranging from Ghc30 to Ghc50, in addition to the official amount before one can have his lost voters ID replaced. This happened to me in June 2017 when I went to the Kasoa office to have my card replaced. Same thing happened to my friend who also went to the same office to have her lost ID card replaced. Help me spread this corrupt attitude in order for action to be taken by people in decision making positions. Can we get the attention of the Electoral Commissioner on this?
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This EC staff in Kasoa claimed her office had ran out of laminates, contrary to what an EC staff at their Ridge head office (in one of the videos) had said. She said that the only thing she could do to assist me replace my lost voter ID was to pay the transportation of a supposed person who will be sent to another EC office to bring the laminates. In an audio call the following day (evidence available), she said the amount of the transportation to facilitate the person's movement was Ghc 30. The next day she called me and said she has gotten the laminates. In the subsequent video, as she was collecting the money from me after she has provided her services, my camera angle failed to capture her hand receiving the money.
This is the video which served as a kicker to the whole investigations. This EC staff is heard confirming that petty corruption has been happening at their office as people have began reporting them.
This is the EC official at the Kasoa office. As I handed over the Ghc30 she had early on requested to facilitate the person's transportation (to bring the laminate from another EC office to her office, my camera missed her hand receiving the money, but captured her hand putting the money in her drawer. In order to prove that corruption occurred, I re-organised myself again, but this time sent a colleague on the same mission.
As my camera angle failed me, I re-organised myself by sending a colleague on the same mission. Again, the EC staff demanded another money (Ghc40) for transportation. According to her, the office has ran out of laminate and that she has to send a colleague to another EC office to have some of the laminate.
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