The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has reaffirmed that there’s no plan to discard the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS.
According to Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, the technology will be widely used in conducting the 2023 elections, which are expected to be free, fair, and credible.
He stated this at a training organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission which is focused on the use of technology in the conduct of transparent elections.
The General Elections are barely 4 months ahead and the electoral umpire- INEC- is stepping up efforts for the exercise.
The Chairman of the Commission says technological devices will be deployed to improve the conduct.
Participants at the training are expected to domesticate the training as part of a greater effort in improving how elections are conducted in the country.
Yakubu also expressed concerns about the country’s security challenges, particularly in the Southeast and Northwest, ahead of the 2023 general election.
He stated that the security situation in both regions was a major threat to the election’s success.
Yakubu stated that the commission was concerned about the security of its officials, voters, and the materials to be used, noting that “we cannot conduct elections without them.”
“Elections are conducted by human beings. We worry about the security of our officials, voters and the materials to be deployed. Without them, we cannot conduct elections. We have spoken to the security agencies, and they have assured us that the situation will improve before the elections. So, fingers crossed. Those who are supposed to secure the environment have assured us that they will secure the environment for us to conduct elections. Our responsibility is to conduct elections,” he stated.
He said the dimension of insecurity in the country compared to what was obtained in the past changed and is now more widespread.