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INEC Reveals How It Plans To Frustrate Those That May Be Plotting To Rig Anambra Election

Many Nigerians are concerned about the credibility of the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State scheduled to hold on November 6, 2021.

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The major issue raising serious concerns among stakeholders, Anambrarians and indeed many other Nigerians is if the election will not be rigged. In view of this fear that the election may be rigged, Nigerians called the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to rise up to the task and prevent any plans to rig the election.

INEC reveals how it plans to frustrate those planning to rig the election

Chief among the plans to stop those that may be plotting to rig the Anambra election, INEC has deployed a sound and reliable technology aimed at frustrating any plot to rig the election. INEC is deploying Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) for the Anambra election. The BVAS is a multipurpose technological device that can perform several vital functions in the election process to ensure that it is credible and hard to rig.

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In fact, the Head of ICT, INEC office in Akwa, Anambra State, Chukwuemeka Nnaji threw more light on this while assuring that with the use of BVAS, nobody will succeed in rigging the election. According to a report by LIB, Nnaji revealed that the BVAS serves as INEC's voter enrolment device, voter accreditation device and result viewing device too on the day of election. He added that the device is used to accredit voters and it also allows for near real-time viewing of result before it is uploaded to the INEC server for onward transmission.

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There is another very interesting aspect of the technology. Most importantly, INEC reveled that the BVAS has biometric and face capturing functionalities. In this case, if during accreditation process, the biometrics fail, then face capture will be used. But, if anybody intending to vote fails both the biometric and face accreditation, then it means that the person is not eligible to vote. With that, there is no need to do manual accreditation which is easily manipulated.

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From the foregoing, one can agree that INEC went back to the drawing board to find a way to solve the constant problem of rigging during elections. From the look of things, INEC wants to ensure that all forms of manipulations used by some politicians and their agents to rig elections are frustrated and nipped in the bud. The deployment of technology is a good way to make this happen since the manual approach has failed over the years.

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Just few days ago, the Nigerian Senate approved that INEC can transmit election results electronically. This is a feat that has never been achieved over the years. No doubt, the combination of BVAS and the use of technology to transmit election results will help INEC to frustrate those plotting to rig Anambra election.

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