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2023: INEC Reiterates Commitment to Use of BVAS

The Osun State Resident Electoral Commission, REC, of the Independent National Electoral Commission,(INEC), Dr Mutiu Olaleke Agboke says the coming general election in Osun State will be conducted with the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS).

He stated this in Osogbo, the Osun State capital during a Stakeholders meeting organised by INEC to sensitize people on BVAS.

Speaking to political parties present at the Stakeholders meeting Dr Agboke said there would not be manipulation and fraud during the election adding that the commission is known for integrity and will maintain the oath of service taking to serve the commission in Osun.

“I implore Osun Residents to collect their PVC and vote for their candidate in the coming election, I assure you that your vote must count, my blood is hot, I don’t know anybody in this state and I will do everything humanly possible to ensured there won’t be manipulation of result in the State. I don’t listen to politicians,

The REC explained that the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) new technology introduced by the commission for the purpose of accreditation and voting on election day would strictly adhere to the constitution mandates.

“Bvas work for Fingerprint Authentication and facial Recognition. This implies that Authentication is compulsory before anyone can go ahead to cast his or her vote. This technology is an improved device over the smart card reader technology that made use of single authentication.”

The Commissioner also said INEC was planning the migration of certain classes of voters in the state and urged the public to cooperate with them when the exercise commenced.

“Such voters are those who fall within densely populated polling Units. Such polling Units are going to be decongested to give room for sparsely populated new polling Units within the same location (clusters) so as to reduce violence on election day. We use this medium to appeal for understanding and cooperation when the commission starts the exercise.”

Speaking on attacks on INEC Facilities by suspected hoodlums in Ede, Dr Igboke said none of their PVC was affected during the attack and used the medium to call on the general public to come for their voter’s card adding that the commission has decided to make the collection of PVC seamless and easy for the electorate.

“From the 12th day of December 2022 to the 5th day of January 2022, PVC will be collected at the LGAs offices. While from 6th January to 15th January 2023 it will devolve to the Registration Areas (Wards). From 16th to 22nd January 2023, it will return back to the 30 Local”

Dr Agboke stressed that the commission would collaborate with Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) Security agencies and other critical Stakeholders to ensure that it conducts free, fair and credible elections in Osun. 

He admitted that though, there was tension in the state ahead of the 2023 general election saying the commission will do everything within its reach to ensure a rancor-free general election in the state.

He thereafter appealed to all stakeholders involved in the election process to play their part diligently so “we can have the elections that Nigerians yearn for, and which the world expects from us

Adenitan Akinola

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