The Electoral Commission (EC) says it will begin compiling the new voters register for the December 2020 elections in April.

The commission added it hopes to end the exercise by the end of May.

The Director of Electoral Services, Dr Serebour Quaicoe made this known in an interview on Accra-based radio station, Starr FM on Monday.

“We want to start by mid-April and by the end of May we would have finished,” he said.

On the claim by the National Identification Authority that it is willing to hand over its data to the EC, he reacted: “We have a challenge with their data, we are targeting over 10million people but they have about 7 million so we don’t know when the will be ready. And besides we have to attach a polling station to all those numbers”.

The EC announced that it would procure a new biometric voter management system (BVMS) and compile a new voters register since the current system is outdated.

While some 13 political parties led by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has thrown its weight behind the EC for a new BVMS and compilation of the new register, the Inter-Party Resistance Against the New Voters Register led by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) have kicked against it.

Meanwhile, the EC says the procurement of a new BVMS and compiling of a new register will save the country GH₵173.07 million, compared to upgrading the current system.