No Way for Electronic Voting Machines in Anambra Guber Poll-INEC

INDEPENDENT National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said it will not be deploying the electronic voting and result transmission machines in the November 6 Governorship election in Anambra state.

The commissioner made statement on Monday through its Commissioner for Voter Education, FESTUS Okoye. According to him, the final decision regarding the deployment or introduction of electronic voting or transmission of election results has not been made.

Okoye also pointed out that the commission is equally not certain of the number of officials it will deploy for the election as according to him, “…there are too many issues and variables that will interplay and interface in the deployment of staff for the election and some of those variables are external to the Commission.”

The commissioner was vague in his response to the question on whether INEC will be deploying the Z-Pad for the election. In his words, the

“…Commission will deploy appropriate and relevant technology for the conduct of the Anambra State Governorship election. The Commission will continue to avail itself of every available technology that will enable it to perform optimally and deliver on the free, fair and credible elections.”

He explained however, that the commission will take into account several factors, including security, the Covid-19 pandemic, newly created polling units and the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration exercise before taking a final decision on the number of officials it would required for the election.

As you know, Anambra State has a total of 21 Local Councils, 326 Registration Areas, Wards, 5,720 Polling Units and 2,447,996 registered voters. The number of registered voters will definitely increase at the end of the first phase of the Continuous Voter Registration Exercise. The Commission will be sure of the total number of registered voters at the end of the display of the register for claims and objections, the cleanup and the printing of the permanent voter’s cards of the new registrants and the integration of the supplementary voters register with the existing register.”

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