INEC pledges to end rigging in Nigeria

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has pledged to put an end to rigging regarding the new technology it has developed for the conduct of elections in the country.

Head of ICT, INEC office, Awka, Chukwuemeka Nnaji, made the assertion in a paper he presentated during a workshop for journalists on election processes and procedures for the 2021 Anambra governorship election, in Awka, yesterday.

“The BVAS, as presented, will address this issue because, it is designed as a bimodal biometric authentication device, integrating both fingerprint and facial technology. Accordingly, on Election Day, the device will be used to authenticate voters, either through fingerprint or facial recognition during accreditation. Where fingerprint authentication fails, facial authentication will be done. Where both fails, the voter will not be allowed to vote.

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“The new machine is robust, and sufficient to further guarantee the credibility of the voter accreditation and result management process, and by extension promote transparent elections. This will significantly reduce or possibly eliminate incidents of multiple voting, PVC buying and selling and PVC theft. It is also our considered opinion that the introduction of new technology will go a long way in guaranteeing the sanctity of the ballot. Thus, we are optimistic that the new BVAS will further boost citizens’ confidence in the process, and encourage citizens’ participation.”

He added that the technology was successfully tested during the Isoko South Bi-Election; as well as Edo and Ondo elections, where the commission recorded improved success, noting that the commission had improved upon the technology, which, according to him, would make the November 6 Anambra election a huge success.

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