“No Going Back”: INEC Breathes Fire, Reveals Final Position on Use of BVAS for 2023 Polls

“No Going Back”: INEC Breathes Fire, Reveals Final Position on Use of BVAS for 2023 Polls

  • The use of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System and INEC Election Result Viewing Portal in the forthcoming general election is important, the commission disclosed
  • In a new development, the nation's electoral umpire revealed it has deployed BVAS to about 30 states across Nigeria
  • This move by the commission would aid the free, fair and credible election that the electorates are seeking in 2023

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Festus Okoye, the national commissioner for information at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), said the bimodal voter automated system (BVAS) has been deployed to 30 states ahead of the upcoming elections.

Okoye spoke on Thursday, December 8, during a workshop on election reporting organised by The Cable Newspaper Journalism Foundation (CNFJ).

Festus Okoye, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the bimodal voter automated system (BVAS), 2023 elections
INEC says use of BVAS for 2023 polls, non-negotiable. Photo credit: Sodiq Adelakun.
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The use of BVAS, is non-negotiable, INEC says

BVAS is a device introduced by INEC for the accreditation of voters through biometrics capturing, uploading of polling results and other functions.

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Okoye said no amount of protest can stop the usage in the 2023 election.

He added that the use of BVAS is stipulated in the Electoral Act 2022, adding that it will be deployed to all states of the federation before the end of December.

“I have said it and I want to repeat it, even if you protest from now till tomorrow against the BVAS the commission must deploy it,” Okoye said.

2023 elections: Photos, video surface as INEC office, ballot boxes, PVCs go into flames in prominent state

INEC's office in Izzi local government area of Ebonyi state was burnt down on Sunday, November 27.

The incident was confirmed by INEC's spokesman, Festus Okoye, who reported that ballot boxes and PVCs were destroyed by the flames.

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On behalf of the commission, Okoye alerted the Nigerian Police Force to begin an investigation into the attack.

2023 general election: IGP issues fresh orders to police commissioners

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the inspector-general of police, Usman Baba, has given police commissioners nationwide a specific order.

This part is part of his bid to curb political violence, misinformation, political extremism and other threats to democracy and national security ahead of the 2023 election.

The order is that all Commissioners of Police (CPs) nationwide should activate the Inter-Agency Consultative Committees on Election Security.

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