No Makeup On Election Day – INEC To Anambra Women

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has advised women who intend to vote in next month’s gubernatorial election in Anambra to avoid using makeup on the day of the election.

According to the commission, the Bimodal Voter Action System the agency would deploy to capture voters’ faces during the poll might not detect women on makeup.

This was stated by Chika Osuji, the INEC State Deputy Director, Gender Desk in Awka, the Anambra State capital during a voters’ education and sensitisation forum for Persons With Disabilities And Women’s groups organised by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, United States Agency for International Development and the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening.

He said “The BVAS will be used during the Anambra gubernatorial election to enable voters to use their fingerprints during accreditation at the polling units.

“I know many women may not be able to engage makeup artists due to restriction of movements; but for those who can’t do without makeups, we appeal to you to minimise the level of the painting. If we can’t read your fingerprints we can read your face, and if we cannot read your face, you are not a registered voter, and we will not allow you to participate.”


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