BY OKECHUKWU OBETA, Awka
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said, a total of 2,525,471 voters are eligible to cast votes in the coming November 6, Anambra State gubernatorial election.
The director of Voter Education and Publicity, VEP, at INEC headquarters, Abuja, Mr Victor Aluko disclosed this during a training organised by the commission for journalists in the state concerning the preparations it had made to ensure that the exercise was not only free, but, that eligible voters voted and that their votes determined the outcome of the poll.
He disclosed further that the election would be conducted in a total of 5,720 pulling units in the 326 wards across the 21 local government areas of the state.
In his presentation, the head of ICT unit, Mr Chukwuemeka Nnaji said that the commission would conduct the poll using an improved voting method known as the Bimodal Voter electoral system.
The voting system he said would require that only a voter whose fingerprint or facial features, or both were identified by the Bimodal gadget would be accredited to cast vote, adding that any voter whose either finger-print or facial features failed to be identified by the Bimodal gadget would automatically be disqualified from casting vote.
Mr Nnaji disclosed that Bimodal gadgets deployed to each pulling unit have the total names of all eligible voters in the pulling unit.
He stated further that no voter who did multiple registration would be stopped from casting a vote, but that the Bimodal gadgets were configured to detect multiple voting, and ensure that only one vote of such voter counted.
“We, in INEC, have made proper arrangements to ensure that our electoral system is impossible to rig, the only problem is vote-buying”, he said.
Journalists representing various media organisations in the state, including both the print and electronics participated in the workshop.