No more rigging of election in Nigeria — INEC vows

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With the new technology it has created for conducting elections in the nation, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has promised to put a stop to rigging.

Chukwuemeka Nnaji, the INEC office in Awka’s head of information and communication technology, made the claim in a document he delivered at a workshop for media on election protocols and procedures for the 2021 Anambra gubernatorial election in Awka yesterday.

Nnaji claimed INEC created the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) to reduce human involvement in the election process in his presentation titled “Technological Innovations in the Conduct of Anambra Governorship Election.”

“The BVAS would assist in voter accreditation and allow for near-real-time observation of results.”

The all-in-one technology is a multifunctional integrated device that serves multiple purposes for different activities in the value chain of elections in Nigeria.

This includes acting as the INEC Voter Enrolment Device (IVED) during voter registration, the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) for voter accreditation on Election Day (replacing the Smart Card Reader), and the INEC Results Viewing Device (IReV Device) for election results upload on Election Day.

“On Election Day, this latest innovation is intended to assure complete voter verification.” This is especially significant since, while the Smart Card Reader achieved an amazing level of performance, complete biometric verification of voters was a big problem.

“Because the BVAS is intended as a bim, it will solve this issue as described.”

As a result, the gadget will be used to authenticate voters on Election Day, either by fingerprint or face recognition during accreditation.

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Facial authentication will be used in cases when fingerprint authentication fails. If both fail, the voter will be denied the right to vote.

“The new equipment is reliable and capable of ensuring the integrity of the voter accreditation and result management processes, as well as promoting transparent elections.”

Multiple voting, PVC buying and selling, and PVC theft will all be greatly reduced or eliminated as a result of this. In addition, we believe that the adoption of new technologies will go a long way toward ensuring the sanctity of the voting box.

As a result, we are hopeful that the new BVAS will increase citizens’ trust in the process and stimulate public involvement.”

He added that the technology had been successfully tested during the Isoko South Bi-Election, as well as the Edo and Ondo elections, where the commission had recorded improved success, noting that the commission had improved upon the technology, which he believes will make the November 6 Anambra election more successful.

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