- INEC has faulted Tinubu, APC presidential candidate for expressing doubts over the credibility of BVAS
- Recall that Tinubu in London had questioned the efficiency of the technology which had been used in several poll
- INEC pointed out that the commission has been talking about the features, strengths and advantages of BVAS since 2020
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Foe doubting the credibility of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System and Results Viewing Portal, the Independent National Electoral Commission has knocked the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
According to the commission, it is surprising that Tinubu could question the efficiency of the technology which had been used in several polls, including the off-season governorship elections in Ekiti, Osun, and Anambra states, Punch Newspaper reports.
Recall that Tinubu raised the doubt at the Chatham House in London, United Kingdom.
In response to Tinubu’s uncertainty, the Chief Press Secretary to the chairman of INEC, Rotimi Oyekanmi, said:
‘’More importantly, we have conducted off-season governorship elections in Ekiti, Osun and Anambra states using the BVAS and all of these elections have generally been described and accepted as free, fair, credible, and inclusive by all and sundry. The governors elected have quietly been enjoying their respective tenures. Don’t forget that we also deployed it for the Federal Capital Territory area council election and it was a huge success.
‘’Therefore, if at this moment in 2022, we still have a presidential candidate of one of the 18 registered political parties, saying he needs assurances on the BVAS or he doesn’t know or appreciate its relevance to the 2023 general election, then something is terribly wrong somewhere."
132,673 PVCs: INEC speaks on 2023 elections in top southeast state, expresses fear
Legit's regional reporter in Anambra, Mokwugwo Solomon, reports that the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Dr. Queen Agwu, during a stakeholders meeting at its headquarters in Awka, on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, announced that as much as 132,673 PVCs are yet to be claimed by their owners across the 21 council areas of the state.
She promised that the commission's offices will be open across the 21 LGAs of Anambra State, even on Saturdays and Sundays, to enable eligible voters to claim their voters cards. She encouraged voters, who have not collected their PVCs to pick theirs; while a new batch of PVCs from the recent voter registration exercise is still being expected.