EC sells voters’ data to private company – Auditor-General reveals

Wednesday, 23rd October 2019

It has emerged that the Electoral Commission (EC) has sold voters’ data to a private software development company.

This was contained in a report of the Auditor-General on some selected State institutions in 2018. According to the report, the software development company, Bysystem Limited, bought the data from the EC and further sold it to a financial service provider.

The audit report also revealed that there was no agreement between the EC and Bysystem Limited on the sale of voters’ information.

The EC, according to the report, responded to its findings and stated that “there exists a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Commission and Bysystem Limited.”

The EC also said it suspended the MoU in the third quarter of 2016 and that prior to the suspension, the software development company had made a payment for the first and second quarters in 2016.

However, the Auditor-General, after reviewing the MoU, said it did not constitute a Service Level Agreement. Furthermore, the report revealed that the basis of a 20% Commission was not stated in the MoU.