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Anambra election: INEC assures credible poll

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…Says BIVAS’ll increase ease of voting, check voter apathy

 INDEPENDENT National Electoral Commission (INEC)  has introduced new regimes to lure voters to polling booths during Anambra’s upcoming election. The electoral umpire has raised hope that its new voter identification model which will be used in the November 6 gubernatorial election in Anambra will not only make voting easy but make collecting and transmission of results better than in earlier polls.

  INEC’s Biomodal Identification Voter Accreditation System (BIVAS), which will be used in Anambra election raises fresh hopes for a credible election in the forthcoming Anambra State  guber election.

  This was disclosed by the Anambra State Resident Commissioner of  INEC, Nwachukwu Orji, who was represented by the Administrative Secretary of the commission in the state during the organisation’s sensitisation forum with media executives in Awka, Anambra State, yesterday.

  Speaking to the newsmen during the conference held in Best Western Meloch Hotel, Awka, the Anambra State REC”s representative, Chima Duruaku disclosed that BIVAS being a more reliable voting equipment than the previous card reader system would ease all identification hiccups encountered in past election exercises and ensure that all registered voters exercise their franchise with ease during the gubernatorial election in the state.

  “The BIVAS is equipped with a voter -registration process that gives additional identification support base. The system ensures INEC will not only rely on fingerprints capture of voters for identification but has been enhanced to combine facial recognition with fingerprints. This is to ensure that no voter is disenfranchised,” he said.

  “BIVAS is a much improved technology that was introduced to smoothen the process and eliminate human interferences in the process. It is more robust than the smart card reader due to the functionality that comes with it. Now, during the election, it is going to enable Biomodal voter accreditation system. This is a system through which you can be identified either by your finger prints or facial features with BIVAS. If your finger prints identification fails, there is another option. So almost everybody now has opportunity to vote.”

  He assured that the commission has taken it upon itself to conduct a credible election marked by ease of participation of all participants in the Anambra poll and called on the media to partner with INEC in mobilising and sensitising the people as their role is germane in actualising the goal.

  “The support of operators in the social communication is important because we need this bridge to communicate better.

  The media should encourage objectivity, minimise sensationalism and promote citizens’ vigilance,” he said.

  “Anambra’s November 6 gubernatorial election” he added “is a test ground for 2023 general election and INEC is not letting any chance to slip in having free, fair and credible elections in the country.”

  He assured that the commission is ” marching on regardless of obstacles” and will continue to build on to higher levels until the D-Day.

  On his part, the Director,  Voter Education and Publicity of INEC, Victor Aluko said the media should be in constant engagement with INEC due to their centrality in passing information to the electorate. He noted  that the media “are the people who convey information to ordinary Nigerians.

  “We in INEC believe that attitude matters and the mass  media give the information that the citizens believe.”

  In his contribution, the Managing Director and Chief Executives Officer, Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation, publisher of National Light group of ewspapers, Sir Chuka Nnabuife called on INEC to improve on it’s promptness in engaging  the media as that is the main issue that has posed challenge to public perception of the electoral body’s role so far, in Anambra guber elections.

  Other heads of print and electronic media organisations from various parts of Anambra State as well as online media influencers attended the one-day conference.

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