REPORTER: AMECHI ODO
Following alleged buying of voter card VIN (Voter Identification Number) by some politicians in some parts of the country including Ebonyi State, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has assured Nigerians that the perpetrators are wasting their time as the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BIVAS) cannot be compromised through voter identity theft.
The National Commissioner incharge of Voter Education, Mr. Festus Okoye, gave the assurance while fielding questions from Journalists in Abakaliki.
Mr. Okoye explained that the BIVAS was built in such way to recognise the face and the finger prints, which must match with the encoded data of the voter before the person would be allowed to vote.
The INEC spokesman said the Commission had used BIVAS to conduct 105 elections without compromise.
He noted that INEC would conduct mock accreditations in all parts of the country ahead of the Election.
A Human Right group, HURIDE had last week alleged that some agents of politicians were buying up PVC numbers at ten thousand Naira each.
EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU