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Detection of fraud in Togolese electoral census to take one month
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21:04, August 23, 2007

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A one-month harmonization period for detecting multiple and irregular registration on the electoral list will be required, after the completion of the census process on August 30, a source in Togolese national independent electoral commission (CENI) has said.

"We shall use computers to compare the fingerprints of all voters in order to detect fraudulent cases," CENI's security commission said Wednesday.

CENI has issued a deadline of August 30 for those who have registered more than once to inform their local electoral commissions voluntarily, to enable it to carry out the necessary corrections on the electoral list. CENI has said it will file criminal charges to those who will not have complied with its directive at the expiry of the deadline.

According to the same source, the operation will concern the entire electoral process and will require high performance computers. Currently, harmonization is done at two levels: data obtained on a daily basis from census centers is recorded on two CD-ROMs which are then dispatched simultaneously to the local electoral commission (CELI) and to CENI, says the source.

The two bodies are then required to safeguard the CD-ROMs so as to facilitate the compilation of a local or a national electoral file. Contrary to the previous censuses, CENI will now be able to have a national register at its disposal even before the harmonization process," says a CENI official.

Census centers will remain on the ground in case of any disputes, according to a member of CENI. According to article 68 of the electoral law, any person whose name has been struck off the electoral list, or who has been barred from registering, or any person who believes a voter has been wrongfully registered, struck off or omitted can file a complaint with CELI within the next five days after the release of the lists.

Source: Xinhua

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