2023: INEC Yet To Release Accreditation Machines, BVAS To South-East States, Blames Gunmen’s Attacks

2023: INEC Yet To Release Accreditation Machines, BVAS To South-East States

2023: INEC Yet To Release Accreditation Machines, BVAS To South-East States.

2023: INEC Yet To Release Accreditation Machines, BVAS To South-East States

The Independent National Electoral Commission has not released the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS), an electronic device designed to read Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and authenticate voters to any of the states in the South-East region, SaharaReporters has learned.

The five affected states are; Enugu, Ebonyi, Anambra, Abia, and Imo.

Speaking during an interface with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Fact-Finding Mission for Nigerian elections in Enugu, INEC Administration Secretary in Enugu, Mr. Chidi Nwafor, disclosed that the commission had received non-sensitive materials except the BVAS which he said might be connected with activities of unknown gunmen.

He recalled how the gunmen attacked and burnt some of the commission’s offices in Enugu and other parts of the South-East.

Nwafor disclosed that the commission still lacked vehicles, adding that since the attack at the headquarters of the commission in Enugu where so many vehicles were burnt, the national quarters had not replaced them.

He said “As we speak, our database has been cleaned ahead of elections against any errors and viruses. We have vehicle issues – after the attack on our office, our vehicles have been depleted and the national quarters are aware of it.”

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He expressed optimism that early logistics movement and time would resolve most of the election challenges the commission had had in the past, citing the Osun and Ekiti governorship elections.

Earlier ECOWAS Fact-Finding Mission for Nigerian Elections, led by Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, former Chairman of the Electoral Commission of Ghana, said that the 2023 general elections in Nigeria remained important to the African continent and beyond.

Afari-Gyan, who had earlier met on Tuesday met with the members of the Civil Society Organisations, Media practitioners and political parties, and leadership of the Inter-party Advisory Council (IPAC), said that the success of any election depended on the involvement of all stakeholders needed.

He, therefore, urged everyone to play their roles to achieve democratic expectations – which would enthrone peaceful, credible, free, and fair elections.

Members of the ECOWAS delegation included Mr. Mohammed Konnel, the Chief Electoral Commissioner, of Sierra Leone; Dr. Remi Ajibewa, Director, of Political Affairs, ECOWAS and Dr. Onye Orukuwa, Head of the Peace and Mediation Unit.

Others were ASP Nuru Hamidu, Head of ECOWAS Security, and Mr. Abu Turay, Election Technical Expert, ECOWAS.

Source | Sahara Reporters

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