CDG-GH Sounds Alarm Bell Over BVDs’ SIM Cards, WiFi Features

Mrs Jean Mensah, Chairperson of Electoral Commission, Ghana

Accra, The Caucus for Democratic Governance, Ghana (CDG-GH), has sounded the alarm that SIM cards and WiFi communications compartment for some of the Biometric Verification Devices (BVDs) could be compromised to mar the beauty of the upcoming election.

The Executive Director, CDG-GH, Dr E.K. Hayford who raised the alarm in his latest press release, noted that two communication features beside the memory card components on the BVDs could be tampered with.

Optically the devices look the same. The BVDs have however two different functional processes based on the activated and deactivated processes which control the data.

He alleged that the country’s Electoral Commission (EC) has provided these external communication accesses to some of the BVDs to be used in the stronghold of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).

“This means the EC`s BVD can be connected to a system through the SIM card to either an internet or a private network, where manipulation of voters who have already been verified can be done.

Anyone who has WiFi service in the area, and can detect the link of the BVDs can easily hack the device. That same person can read whatever has taken place at the polling station, and even manipulate the number of people verified or the number of registered voters on the memory card”, Dr Hayford explained.

He therefore called on members of the general public to standby at the polling centres throughout the voting period to ensure that any detected challenges with the BVD is corrected.

“This is the only way to ensure the voice of the people is not stolen by the EC and its collaborators”.

Last week the same group called on the EC to come out to tell the people of Ghana whether the BVDs have been compromised as reported by section of the media.

African Eye Report