Anambra guber: INEC launches BVAS device, drops Smart Card Readers

Voters in the Saturday, November 6 gubernatorial election in Anambra State will be accredited based on the Biometric Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) device, says the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The BVAS is a new device that has now replaced the controversial Smart Card Reader (SCR) used in previous elections since 2015.

The BVAS has the dual capacity for fingerprint and facial authentication of voters.

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Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said this is to guard against voting by identity theft where one person uses another person’s Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) to vote.

Prof. Mahmood said this during a stakeholder meeting on the Anambra State Governorship Election, on Wednesday.

The event was held at Prof. Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre.

The INEC boss confirmed that the use of Incident Forms during elections has been abolished.

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Said he, “On Saturday, 6th November 2021, Anambra State will make history as the first governorship election in Nigeria in which the Commission will deploy the Biometric Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) device.

“This new device replaces the Smart Card Reader (SCR) used in previous elections since 2015.

“With this development, the use of the incident form is abolished. No voter without a genuine PVC will vote. No voter who has not been successfully accredited electronically using the BVAS will vote.”


Biometric Voter Accreditation SystemIndependent National Electoral CommissionPermanent Voters CardProf. Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre
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