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Anambra Election: INEC Vows To Deal With Electoral Offenders | NEWS RANGERS

Anambra Election: INEC Vows To Deal With Electoral Offenders

LAGOS NOVEMBER 4TH (NEWSRANGERS)-Two days to Anambra State governorship election, Chairman of Independent National  Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu has vowed to deal  with those who may attempt to compromise the electoral process.

Yakubu who gave the warning yesterday  during stake holders meeting said, “I want to assure all voters in Anambra State that in designing the sensitive materials for the election, the Commission has introduced additional visible and invisible security features, including different colour codes. Materials have also been customized by Local Government Areas and Polling Units.

“Let me therefore warn those who may attempt to compromise the process that we have put in place sufficient safeguards to detect counterfeits. We are also determined to prosecute perpetrators of electoral malpractice, including any election duty staff found to be complicit. The choice of the next Governor of Anambra State is in the hands of the eligible voters and their will must prevail,” he assured.

 Continuing, he disclosed, “On Saturday 6th November 2021, Anambra State will make history as the first Governorship election in Nigeria in which the Commission will deploy the Biometric Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) device. This new device replaces the Smart Card Reader (SCR) used in previous elections since 2015. We are satisfied with the pilot deployment of the BVAS in the Isoko South I State Constituency Bye-election in Delta State on 11th September 2021. The BVAS has the dual capacity for fingerprint and facial authentication of voters. This is to guard against voting by identity theft where one person uses another person’s Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) to vote using the incident form. With this development, the use of the incident form is abolished. No voter without a genuine PVC will vote. No voter who has not been successfully accredited electronically using the BVAS will vote.”

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