In a bid to counter fake news the Independent National Electoral Commission has announced that voters can vote with any finger because ballot paper is not finger sensitive.
The electoral commission via its official Twitter handle noted that at the point of registration, all ten fingers were captured hence any finger can be used in marking the ballot paper.
The commission said what is important is that the finger does not cross to the next box; otherwise, it would be interpreted as voting for two parties, making such votes void.
“A voter can use any finger to vote but should ensure that his or her mark is clear and placed inside the box of the political party of his or her choice and does not stray into another box,” INEC tweeted.
The Commission said this in response to a viral Whatsapp message saying you can only vote with your index finger.
Read the false message going round:
“INEC has changed pattern of voting without majority of citizens being aware o!
“You DON’T VOTE with YOUR THUMB ANYMORE …YOU Vote wit Your INDEX FINGER ( Warning Finger).
“Any VOTE CAST WITH the THUMB is VOID (canceled) vote…!
“My question is Why were the citizens not sensitized up till Now…,
“Why would INEC hide such important information till few days to the election…?
“Pls, don’t only read this.. SHARE for many would-be Voters to be aware.
“The DESTINY OF THIS NATION is Now in our Warning or Prophetic Finger
WuzupNaija reports that the message above is a piece of fake and mischievous news by unscrupulous elements.
— INEC Nigeria (@inecnigeria) February 13, 2019