The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned political parties to desist from any plan pertaining to identity theft during the poll in the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State scheduled for November 6.
The INEC spokesperson, Festus Okoye, gave the warning at a one-day forum organised by the Commission Press Corps on Wednesday in Abuja to discuss the forthcoming election and future ones.
Mr. Okoye, who represented INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, said the new device introduced by the commission, Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), would end double voting.
He 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.”
Mr Okoye, flanked by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Representative, Muyiwa Adejobi, and the Chairman of Albino Foundation, Jake Epele, tagged the total number of currently registered voters in the state at 2,447,996.
He noted that commission has succeeded in the replacement of some assets and election materials it lost earlier this year by arsonists in the state, adding that those yet to be replaced will be delivered in days.
The Commission further expressed its willingness to conduct the state election peacefully amidst the threat of insecurity in the state.
“The Commission needs a safe and secure environment for efficient and professional deployment of staff and materials. We must realise that young men and women doing their National Youth Service form the bulk of our Presiding Officers.
“Some of them are the only sons and daughters of their parents. Some of them graduated from school through determined perseverance in the face of hardship. Some of them are the products of community effort while some of them did menial jobs to graduate.
“We therefore have a responsibility to protect them in the performance of this national assignment. No form of insurance can cover for the loss of one life and the Commission will on no account compromise on the safety and welfare of these individuals and all other staff that will be deployed for the election,” Mr. Okoye said.
He also appealed to all stakeholders and security agencies, to help the commission achieve a smooth and hitch-free electoral process in Anambra state.