BY SUNNY A. DAVID
Ahead of the conduct of the November governorship election in Anambra state, the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has announced that there will be no over voting during the exercise.
Similarly it has announced that the attendant problems of network for the online transmission of Form EC8A (Result Sheets) online has been resolved by the body noting that it can be sent and received both on and off line.
Also the commission said the the power issue that affected the card readers in the last election has 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.
Disclosing this at the workshop for Journalists on the electon processes and procedures for 2021 Anambra Governorship election in Awka, the Head of ICT to the commission Engr. Chukwuemeka Nnaji said that the results sheets would be electronically transfered adding that even if it is sent offline it would be reviecieved online by changing the offline mode .
He noted that there is a device that would be obtained by electorates which would enable them know the out come of the election before the announcement by IÑEC through their Android phones.
These innovations have been here with us and we have been experimenting this and we first tried it at Isoko Constituency election and it worked more than ninety percent and that is what we are going to apply in Anambra State Governorship election.
In his remark earlier the Resident Electoral Commissioner Dr. Nkwachukwu Orji who was represented by Dr. Victor Aluko said that 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 plart in the election.
He added that process of accreditation does not only include tomb printing but also facial accreditation of voters as well as facial accreditation of party agents to avert rigging.
Dr. Orji however regretted that the only obstacle is the issue of vote buying by Political parties and their agents.