The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), in Anambra State has conducted a one day stakeholders’ seminar on accreditation and voting procedure for the 2015 General Elections at the Women Development Center in Awka.
Speaking during the seminar, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr. Edwin Nwatarali, said all polling units would have customized ballot papers while the card readers would authenticate the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to ensure that the voter is in the right polling unit after which the biometrics are taken.
He said, in an incidence of the card reader failing to verify a voter, manual accreditation would be used.
Mr Nwatarali further announced that the elderly and physically challenged would be given special attention and priority to vote.
Reeling out the accreditation and voting procedure, Mr Nwatarali, said accreditation would begin by 8am and would end by 1pm after which the card reader would verify PVCs and fingerprints of voters which if it fails to verify, manual accreditation would come into play.
However, he said, when a card reader malfunctions and could not be replaced by 1pm in a unit, the election in that unit would be postponed to the following day.
During the voting process, he said the elderly and the physically challenged persons would be given priority attention to vote first.
According to Mr. Nwatarali, the green collapsible box would be for House of Representatives election, box with black cover would be for Senate, while the Presidential ballot box would have a red cover.
He said, all polling units would have customized ballot papers and enjoined all principal actors to display spirit of sportsmanship and patriotism during the election to avoid acts that might threaten the peace of the electoral process.
Governor Willie Obiano who was represented by the State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Tony Onyima, commended citizens of the state for the massive collection of the PVCs to the tune of 91 per cent and urged all who collected to use it to elect credible leaders.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hassan Karma, revealed that the police is fully prepared for the elections.
He announced that restriction of movement would be enforced from midnight on Friday and advised eligible voters to move nearer to their polling units.
Mr Karma also said, armed policemen would be deployed for stop and search patrol.