In the effort to curb the possibilities of voter impersonation during elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on Monday 6th September introduced the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) during its commission third quarter meeting with political parties & CSOs in Abuja.
It is expected that the BVAS will perform the function of both Smart Card Reader (SCR) and Z-Pad during an election accreditation which entails voter fingerprint or facial authentication.
Following the introduction of the (BVAS) the commission’s Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu announced that the device will pilot the November off-cycle gubernatorial elections in Anambra State.
“The commission intends to carry out a pilot exercise using the new device in Delta State during the Isoko South 1 State Assembly constituency bye-election holding this weekend (Saturday 11th September 2021). The BVAS will now perform the functions of both the SCR and Z-Pad in the bye-election. Thereafter, it will be deployed in the Anambra Governorship election in November”.
Prof. Mahmood while reiterating the commission’s commitment to partner with CSOs synergizing to ensure credible elections in Nigeria, announced that the commission will compile the register of new voters in Anambra State and publish same throughout the state for claims and objections and assured registrants that their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) before the elections.
“We devolved the CVR to the 326 Registration Areas (or Wards) in addition to the 21 Local Government offices and the State Office of the Commission. The physical exercise was suspended two days ago i.e. 60 days to the election as required by law. However, the online pre-registration option will continue to be available but no appointment for completion of registration can be scheduled until after the election”
“In the next two days, the Commission will compile the register of new voters and publish same throughout the State for claims and objections. Thereafter, we will clean up the data, print the PVCs for collection by registrants, and compile the actual register of voters to be used in each of the 5,720 polling units in the State. I want to assure every newly registered voter in Anambra State, including those who applied to transfer from within and outside the State or for the replacement of damaged or lost PVCs that their cards will be printed and make available to them for collection before the election”.