2023 Elections: "What We’ll Do if Hoodlums Steal BVAS", INEC Speaks
- INEC has a way to outsmart political thugs who are planning to steal BVAS machines during the general elections
- The electoral body disclosed that if the machines are carted away by thieves, they will be deactivated from the backend
- The agency added that the polling unit officer will also report it if the machines are stolen and taken elsewhere to be manipulated
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed the next line of action it will take if political thugs attack its staff and cart away Bimodal Voter Registration Systems (BVAS) during the general election.
During an exclusive interview with Channels TV on Wednesday, February 8, INEC's deputy director of information and communications technology, Lawrence Bayode, said the BVAS will be deactivated from the backend whenever such eventually occurs.
Bayode said the action will be taken so that the criminals who make away with the machine will not be able to manipulate votes.
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“If a BVAS is snatched, we have a system in place that can deactivate that particular BVAS.
“We deactivate it so that whoever snatches the device will not be able to do anything with the device because the device pushes the accreditation data automatically on its own even without the operator pushing a button. When it is idle, it pushes that accreditation data to the backend.”
In the interview also monitored by The Punch, Bayode revealed that if the machines are taken by thieves to other places for the purpose of manipulating the data on them, the polling unit officer will report the issue.
“If such a thing happens, the PO reports and from the backend, that device is deactivated so that the person who took away that device will not be able to do anything with the device.”
2023 elections: Nigeria’s electoral body, INEC's website restored
The official website of the Independent National Electoral Commission, www.inecnigeria.org, was down and unable to display its contents for hours on Sunday evening, February 5.
The website as of 5.30pm displayed:
"Error establishing a database connection."
However, the latest checks by Legit.ng showed that the website has been restored and is now up and running.