Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that a total of 2,252,471 registered voters are expected to participate in 5,720 polling units across the state in the November 6 gubernatorial elections in Anambra State,
Director, Voter Education and Publicity, Mr Victor Aluko disclosed this on Thursday in Awka during a workshop for media practitioners in the state on election process and procedures.
He said out of the registered voters, 77,475 were newly captured during the continuous voter registration exercise in the state, adding that their permanent voter cards would be ready for collection before the election.
He explained that the commission opted for Bimodal Voter Accreditation System(BVAS) as a high tech driven mechanism geared towards achieving the set objective.
Describing the system as an effective way to stamp out observed challenges in the use of card readers during previous elections, Aluko revealed that commission needed about 26,000 staff to conduct the election, Aluko said the training of the electoral staff had been completed.
“We are doing everything possible to make Anambra election successful, believing that the security situation will improve before we move over to Ekiti State,” he added.
Earlier, State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr Nkwachukwu Orji underscored the importance of the media in electoral process, describing them as critical components to successful conduct of the exercise in the state.
Orji, represented by Head of Voter Education and Publicity, Samuel Nimem, urged journalists to take advantage of the knowledge gained in the workshop to contribute to the success of the election.
Head, ICT State Headquarters, Engr Chukwuemeka Nnaji, in a paper presentation on “Technological Innovations for the Conduct of Anambra Governorship Election” said the system would enhance credibility and transparency of the process and guarantee one man, one vote.
He reaffirmed the commission’s desire of having credible poll, adding that it would also deploy more portals to achieve its mandate.
“Bimodal voter authentication system is one of the current technologies we are deploying to ensure credibility and transparency as well as one man one vote,” he stressed.