The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed its plans to use electronic transmission of election results in future elections in Nigeria.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu made the disclosure on Wednesday during a programme organised by the INEC Press Corp on ‘inclusive election in Anambra State and beyond’ at the International Conference Center Abuja.
The electoral agency said it would test run the deployment of technology during the Anambra State governorship election which will determine its usage in the future.
Yakubu, who was represented by the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, said:
“The commission will also deploy relevant and appropriate technology for the conduct of the Anambra State Governorship election.
“To this end, the Commission will deploy the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) for the accreditation of voters.
“The bimodal accreditation system will use fingerprints or facials for efficient voter accreditation.
Therefore, those engaged in identity theft must steer clear of the polling units in Anambra State as only voters that are properly authenticated using their fingerprints or facials will be allowed to vote.”
The commission also disclosed that it will use its new technological device to upload polling unit level results to its central result viewing portal.
He added: “The commission will also use its new technological device to upload polling unit level results to its central result viewing portal.
“Nigerians that have access to internet facilities can log in and view the results as they are being uploaded.
“For this, we have commenced elaborate voter education and publicity activities in the State,” he stated.
“The commission is determined to conduct a good election in Anambra State and all its processes and procedures are geared and targeted at achieving this objective.
“We assure the people of Anambra State and indeed all Nigerians that the votes of the people will be the only determinant of leadership succession in Anambra State,” he added.