Nigerians have commended ongoing technological transformation going on at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which is targeted at improving electoral credibility in the country.
iVotesNG reports that following it’s announcement on Monday to deploy the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) for the Anambra governorship election and subsequent elections, the Commission has received commendations from political parties and Nigerians who expressed their views on various social media platforms.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, had on Monday at the third quarterly meeting with political parties held in Abuja, disclosed that the INEC Voter Enrolment Device (IVED) will combine the functions of both the Z-Pad and the Smart Card Reader (SCR) for BVAS, which entails the fingerprint and facial authentication on election day.
With the new method, it will be impossible for any voter to use another person’s PVC to cast his or her ballot on election day. This is because a prospective voter must successfully scale through either the fingerprint or facial authentication process before being allowed to vote. He explained that any voter who fails the fingerprint and facial authentication process will not be allowed to vote.
Yusuf Na Haruna while reacting to the news on Facebook said, “Alhamdulillah our electoral institution is transforming”
Dr. Leonard Nzenwa, IPAC National Chairman while also reacting, said INEC’S introduction of the Z-pad which enhanced task of transfering of elections information details from voting centers was largely responsible for the successful conduct of the Edo and Ondo Gubernatorial Polls which made these elections to be adjudged to be credible and fair.
He therefore charged the Commission to, “to continue to develop and use deep-end technology to enhance the nation’s electoral process.”
Ilyas Galadima wrote, “It is indeed a way forward for our Electoral Process. Welcome to this new Technological innovation.”