INEC Assures Bayelsans BVAS Will Be Used to transmit and authentic Governorship Election results.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reaffirmed its commitment to employing the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) for voter accreditation and result transmission during the upcoming Bayelsa governorship election on November 11, 2023.
In a press conference held at the INEC office in Yenagoa, Resident Electoral Commissioner Obo Effanga provided assurance regarding the deployment of BVAS for the crucial electoral process.
Effanga emphasized that almost all non-sensitive materials required for the election were already distributed to the local government areas. The sensitive materials, upon arrival, would be securely warehoused at the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Effanga underlined the adherence to the established electoral procedures, saying, “Nothing has changed with the process of election in Nigeria. We are still going to conduct elections based on the provisions of the Constitution, Electoral Act, and guidelines of INEC.”
He elaborated on the process, stating, “After voting at the polling units, the votes will be counted there. They will be recorded in the physical result sheet. We will use the BVAS to take a snapshot of the results. They will be taken to the collation center where the results are authenticated, and the photograph that was taken will be uploaded onto the result viewing portal.”
The electoral commissioner outlined the subsequent steps in the election process, saying, “Then from there, we move from the wards collation to the local government collation. From the local government collation, we come to the state collation center. That is when the final collation is done, and the result is announced, and a winner is declared.”
Effanga made a strong commitment to conducting a fair and transparent election. “Every vote will count. We will ensure that every personnel sent to the field are adequately qualified and knowledgeable about the processes of election. We will not interfere in any way to aid or assist anyone,” he pledged, adding, “Anybody that wants to win the election should be talking to the voters.”
As Bayelsans prepare for the upcoming governorship election, INEC’s use of BVAS is set to play a pivotal role in ensuring the accuracy and credibility of the electoral process. The commission’s commitment to transparency and adherence to established procedures underscores its dedication to facilitating a free and fair election in the state.