Reports stated that the independent national electoral commission (INEC) has insisted that it would use its smart card readers and disregard the use of incident form to conduct to forthcoming 2019 general election.
“Prof. Godswill Obioma, a Commissioner in INEC, revealed on Wednesday in Abakaliki at the end of a three-day training for implementer of the Election Monitoring and Support Center (EMSC).
Obioma said that the decision was part of policy enunciation made by the Commission’s chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu recently in Abuja during a series of engagements with stakeholders, including the National Peace Committee.
“Smart card reader will be used in the election of 2019, that is the determining factor and that is to say that smart card will be used for first level of screening of those with their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
“The PVC has been configured as a biometric platform and smart card reader is supposed to recognize such bio metrics.
“If you come with your PVC and it is your own, it is slotted into the smart card reader it will throw up your bio metrics, including your physiognomy and your face and if that happen you move to the next stage of checking if your name is on the register.
“If your name is checked and found in the INEC’s voter register, you are given a ballot paper and that is the process we are going to use.