Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says there is no going back no the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) and electronic transmission of results for the 2023 general elections
INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu gave the assurance today in Lagos at a two-day capacity-building workshop for INEC press corp members on critical issues in the electoral Act, 2022 and the commission’s processes, innovations, and preparations for the 2023 general election.
Yakubu’s assurance came after the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) had earlier this month alleged that there secret plans by some politicians to stop the use of BVAS and electronic transmission of results for the 2023 elections.
But the INEC chairman, represented by the National Commissioner and Chairman of, the Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, noted that the goal of the commission was electoral justice where every Nigerian would experience electoral fulfilment.
According to him, the commission would continue to use technology to improve and enhance the credibility of elections in Nigeria.
“The Commission is conscious that a credible voter register is a basic requirement for the conduct of a credible election. We have therefore devoted time and energy to cleaning up of the voter register using the Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS). This process is almost finalized and the Commission will engage with stakeholders relating to its findings before displaying the register for claims and objections as required by law.
“Furthermore, the Commission is working out a protocol for seamless collection of Permanent Voters Cards by valid registrants. I want to assure Nigerians that the Commission will deploy and continue to deploy appropriate technology for the conduct of elections.
“The Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) and INEC Result Viewing Portal (IreV) will be deployed for the conduct of the 2023 general election. We will continue to use technology to improve and enhance the credibility of elections in Nigeria. Our goal is electoral justice where every Nigerian will experience electoral fulfilment”, he stated.