In preparation for the governorship elections scheduled for November 11 in Kogi, Bayelsa, and Imo states, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is set to deploy a total of 11,355 Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machines for voter accreditation.
A senior official within the commission, who wished to remain anonymous, shared this information with our correspondent on Sunday. The BVAS machines will play a crucial role in ensuring efficient voter accreditation during the elections.
Each state’s allocation of BVAS machines is as follows: Bayelsa State will receive 2,400 BVAS machines, Imo State will be equipped with 5,079 machines, and Kogi State will utilize 3,876 machines. The strategic distribution aims to enhance the electoral process and facilitate accurate voter identification and accreditation.
It is noteworthy that the BVAS system faced technical challenges during the presidential and National Assembly elections held on February 25, 2023. Despite these initial difficulties, INEC conducted an evaluation of the 2023 polls and reported a commendable 98 percent success rate for the deployed BVAS machines.
Reaffirming their commitment to improvement, the INEC official expressed confidence that the commission would deliver even better performance during the upcoming off-season governorship elections. He emphasized, “We are determined to exceed our previous performance from March 18, 2023, and ensure a smooth and successful election process.”
As Nigeria prepares for these significant governorship elections, the deployment of BVAS machines reflects INEC’s dedication to enhancing the transparency, efficiency, and integrity of the electoral process.