INEC hopes to see better BVAS results in the polls in Kogi, Bayelsa, and Imo.

INEC hopes to see better BVAS results in the polls in Kogi, Bayelsa, and Imo.
On Wednesday, the Independent National Electoral Commission, or INEC, expressed confidence in the improved functioning of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) for the governorship elections in Imo, Bayelsa, and Kogi states on November 11, 2023.

Both the biometric voter authentication process and the uploading of results to the INEC Result Viewing Portal (IReV) are handled by the BVAS.

Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of INEC, said that the commission considered the results of the elections in the three states to be crucial at a meeting with civil society organizations.

He noted that the commission has accredited roughly 145 organizations to send 7,896 observers for the three elections.

The head of INEC stated, "In carrying out our responsibilities, we will continue to engage with all stakeholders," characterizing the election as a multi-stakeholder process. The security agencies are one of these relationships.

"Civil society organizations have voiced concerns in the past concerning the safety of voters and the safeguarding of the electoral process, including polling places and collation centers.

Likewise, civil society organizations have repeatedly asked the commission to press the security services to provide you full access to polling places and places for collation.

"I want to tell you that we will keep up this approach as we interact with the security services in the three States and at the federal level. Simultaneously, I would like to remind all authorized observers to fully abide by the election observation code of conduct.

He said, "As you are aware, two weeks ago, the commission held a mock accreditation involving real voters in specified polling locations in the states of Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi.

Through this process, we evaluated the effectiveness of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) in terms of voter biometric authentication and results uploading to the INEC Result Viewing Portal (IReV).

A few of you participated in the simulated accreditation process and checked the IReV site for the outcomes. Thus far, no unfavorable reports have reached us.

"This gives us hope that the test went well, and we anticipate that the BVAS will perform better in voter accreditation and result upload for the upcoming governorship elections and beyond."

He revealed that the commission's report on the general election's conduct in 2023 will soon be available to the public.

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