Reports from states considered as strongholds of candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the ongoing Presidential and National Assembly elections, President Muhammad u Buhari has shown that Incident Forms are being deployed to voters in the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
This is contrary to the commission’s earlier position starting that only the Smart Card Readers will be used in the election discarding the use of the incident from.
Recall that INEC has insisted that it would use smart card reader and discarded the use of incident forms.
The electoral body used smart card reader in 2015 general elections as well as incident form.
The electoral umpire has said in the last that the Permanent Voters Card (PVC) has been configured as a biometric platform and smart card reader is supposed to recognise such biometrics.
But in the unlikely event that the smart card reader fails to identify a face and name on the register; such incident can happen, “we don’t use incidence form as in the past because of all sorts of challenges associated with it.
“What we are going to do if such development occurs is to go to the register, identify your name and thick a box to show that you are the owner of the name and your thumb print will be picked in case of litigation to show that you are the one that voted,” INEC said.