From TAIWO AMODU, Abuja
The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) has released additional guidelines to the existing 2015 Guidelines and Regulations for the conduct of elections in the country.
In a statement made available to newsmen, the Continuous Accreditation and Voting Procedure at elections, which it experimented with in the Rivers rerun for state and national assembly seats, the Bayelsa governorship election and last month’s local councils election in the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT) formed part of the supplementary guidelines and regulations.
The statement further read in part: “The accreditation process shall comprise authentication and verification of voters, using the Smart Card Reader (SCR), checking of the Register of Voters, and inking of the cuticle of the specified finger;
“The ballot paper shall be issued in the prescribed manner by the Presiding Officer of a Polling Unit/Voting Point (Settlement) of the FCT, and the Assistant Presiding Officer, APO (VP), in the case of a Voting Point (VP).
“Accreditation and Voting shall commence at 8.00am and close at 2.00pm. provided that any voters already in the queue shall be granted access to Accreditation and Voting in the prescribed manner.
“The Polling Unit layout shall require the Presiding Officer to sit next to the APO II;
“The Presiding Officer shall act as the Overseer.”