By Dupe Isename,
Amos Ogunrinde, Wale Oluokun
The Independent National Electoral Commission , INEC is today conducting mock accreditations nationwide with the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System , BIVAS.
The exercise is in furtherance evaluation of the technical evaluation of the device which is part of preparations for the forthcoming general election.
According to a statement from the head of voter education and publicity , INEC Ondo State , Mrs Olufunke Segun-Osifeso , two polling units in two Council areas in each of the Senatorial districts in the state have been selected for the exercise.
In Ondo Central senatorial district , the mock accreditation holds at Sacred Heart Primary School andSt. Stephen Primary School, Ijomu both in Akure south local government area while in Ondo West Council area , the exercise holds atSt Patrick’s primary school, Olorunsola and Salvation Army Primary School Ojodomu.
For Ondo north senatorial district ,it is taking place at Chief Olisas House and Oja Ugbe in Akoko north east , also at Methodist Primary School, Fajuyi Road andLGA health centre inside Mopa hall in Owo council area.
The exercise holds in the South senatorial district atLA school ,Igbekeboand Salvation Army School, Igbobini in Ese-Odo council area and in Okitipupa local government area at St Dominic Primary School, Ayeka and Ojomo/Kajola, U.N.A Primary School.
In Ekiti State, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has assured Nigerians that the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BIVAS machines to be used for the conduct of the forthcoming elections will work effectively during the polls.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Ekiti State, Professor Ayobami Salami gave the assurance while monitoring mock accreditation of voters in some selected polling units in Ekiti state.
At some of the polling units visited including Ward ten, unit fifteen, Basiri and Ward nine unit seventeen, Okesa, Ado-Ekiti, Professor Salami said the Commission had configured the machines to work without hitches during the elections.
He explained that the mock accreditation was to test the efficiency of the BIVAS machines in readiness for the elections.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner rekindled the hope of Electorates that their votes would count, urging them to take active part in the elections by performing their civic responsibility.
Speaking with newsmen, some of the Electorates who participated in the mock accreditation, including Chief Adeola Fakorede expressed happiness over the efficiency of the machines, calling on INEC to sustain it.
From Ogun State, the Independent National Electoral Commission in Ogun State has conducted the mock accreditation exercise across six local government areas ahead of the 2023 general election as directed by National Headquarters of the Commission.
The exercise was conducted in Abeokuta South, Abeokuta North, Ado,Odo/Ota, Ogun Waterside, Sagamu and Egbado South local governments.
The exercise recorded a relative large turnout of residents at some of the wards visited including ward one, unit three, centenary hall, Ake in Abeokuta South Local Government of the state.
The exercise commenced at about around half past eight in the morning and was peaceful.The residents were attended to by the INEC officials in record time.
The State’s Resident Electoral commissioner, Mr. Niyi Ijalaye accompanied by officials of the Nigerian Communications Commission team while monitoring the exercise expressed satisfaction on the exercise.
He said the NCC officials have promised technical support when the need arises on the coming election.
Mr. Ijalaye noted that, the exercise was to test the efficacy of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System in preparation for the Presidential and National Assembly elections on February 25.Some of the residents expressed satisfaction at the performance of the exercise.