INEC pledges improved conduct in Anambra elections

INEC pledges improved conduct in Anambra elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has stated that it is ready to conduct a near-perfect governorship election in Anambra come Nov. 6.

Prof. Yakubu Mahmood, Chairman of INEC, said this at a Workshop For Journalists on Election Processes and Procedures in Awka on Thursday, October 14.

Mahmood said the Nov. 6 election would enjoy the deployment of modern technology which would make it more improved than all previous exercises.

He also said the entire process from registration to transmission of results would be fully automated including the use of bimodal which took care of unimodal identification processes which only verified voters by fingerprints.

The INEC chairman said there were a total of 2,525,471 registered voters in the state after an additional 77,471 was generated during the just-concluded Continuous Voter Registration exercise.

He urged journalists to help the Commission disseminate the right information; as they were crucial to the success of the election process; noting that sending the wrong information could inflame society.

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On his part, Mr Chuwkuemeka Nnaji, Head of Department, ICT, INEC Awka Office said the Commission improved on its system using an indigenous team of engineers.

Nnaji said the process was such that human interference was greatly reduced; and that data uploaded online would be highly secured from cyber attacks as well as hackers.

He also said the prospective voter would be identified by various fractures including their faces; and that nobody would be able to vote twice as the registration had been cleaned up.

According to him, the Commission’s desire of having credible elections is sacrosanct; technology deployment has proven to be an effective tool in achieving the set objectives.

“The need to have one-person-one-vote is what has necessitated the deployment of a Bimodal Voter Authentication System (BVAS);

“The need to ensure the credibility and openness of the Commission has necessitated the deployment of the IReV Portal; so we ask for the cooperation of all to enable the Commission to meet its set objectives,” he said.


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