Anambra guber: INEC to checkmate over-voting through BVAS
Ahead of the conduct of the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that there will be no over voting during the exercise.
Similarly, the electoral umpire noted that the attendant problems of the network for the online transmission of Form EC8A (Result Sheets) online had been resolved by the body, noting that it can be sent and received both on and off line.
Also, the Commission said the issue of electricity that affected the card readers in the last election had been addressed as the Biometal Voter Accreditation System BVAS has an in-built battery system to last for over six hours with a power bank for every Returning Officer at the polling units.
INEC disclosed this at a workshop organised for journalists on the election process and procedures for 2021 Anambra governorship election, which was held in Awka, the state capital.
The Head of ICT at INEC, Mr. Chukwuemeka Nnaji, said that the results sheets would be electronically transmitted, adding that even if it is sent offline it would be received online by changing the offline mode.
Nnaji further noted that there is a device that would be obtained by electorates which would enable them to know the outcome of the election before the announcement by INEC through their Android phones.
“These innovations have been here with us and we have been experimenting with them and we first tried it at the Isoko Constituency election and it worked more than 90 per cent and that is what we are going to apply in the Anambra State governorship election,” he said.
Earlier, in his remarks, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Nkwachukwu Orji, who was represented by Dr. Victor Aluko, said a total of 2,525 million voters would take part in the exercise, adding that a total of 77,475 newly registered voters would take part in the election.
He added that the process of accreditation would not only include thumb printing, but also facial accreditation of voters as well as facial accreditation of party agents to avert rigging.
Orji, however, regretted that the only obstacle envisaged in the election is the issue of vote buying by political parties and their agents.