This, the commission said, was to enable unhindered use of the Bimodal Voter that would be deployed to capture voters’ faces during the election.
Speaking at a voter education and sensitisation forum in Awka organised for Persons With Disabilities (PWD) and women’s group, INEC’s State Deputy Director, Gender Desk , Chika Osuji said the BVAS would be used during the election to enable voters use their fingerprints during accreditation at the polling unit.
“I know many women may not be able to engage make-up artists due to restriction of movements; but for those who can’t do without make-ups, we appeal to you to minimise the level of 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.
“It is our responsibility as women to take this election seriously by participating actively and making our votes count.
“The commission, beyond ensuring gender mainstreaming to enhance women’s participation in electoral process, has been engaging religious and women groups, traditional rulers and community leaders to educate women on their role in election,” Osuji said.
The programme was organised by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, United States Agency for International Development and the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening.