by Segun Odeleye
Expect to hear more from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the coming weeks as February 2015 gradually approaches and Nigerians go to the polls.
In light of reported moves by some politicians to buy voters cards, INEC, through its spokesman, Kayode Idowu has said that for next month’s election, it would be a waste to indulge in that. People who attempt to do so, according to him, are “ignorant about what lies ahead.”
According to a report by The Nation newspaper, Idowu said, “If you come to the polling booth and the card is inserted in the card reader, it will pop up the data. That shows it is an INEC card. If the data does not show, it means the card is not from INEC.
“Also, the person who brought the card to the polling booth must be finger printed. If the fingerprint does not match the one that is embedded in the card, that card will be rejected.
“There is no way you can buy a person’s card and use unless you want to buy it to deprive the person of the privilege to vote. If you buy up a card, will you buy the fingerprint too. It is futile to buy up the card.
“The VIN number is a unique number for each card holder, but the embedded chip in the card is where the biometric is; that is where the security is. There is no way you can change the biometrics of somebody to your own, so it is ignorance about how the card works.”