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INEC to review use of BIVAS in subsequent election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is to review and improve the functionality of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BIVAS) before the Ekiti and Osun Governorship polls as well as the 2023 General Election.

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu made the pledge during a meeting in Abuja with the 37 Resident Electoral Commissioners in the country.

Professor Yakubu said Optimal functionality of the device was acknowledged, while its introduction into the recent Governorship Election in Anambra and last Saturday’s FCT Area Council Election was equally adjudged by observers as credible.

According to him, the commission remains convinced that the deployment of the technology will ensure electoral credibility than the manual process.

He said in order to provide more eligible voters with an opportunity to register, the Commission was considering devolution of the ongoing Voter Registration exercise beyond states and local government offices, where the registration was currently taking place.

The INEC Boss however solicited the support of stakeholders in strengthening the nation’s Electoral System.

Reporting by Kayode Oyedare; Editing by Marian Benjamin and Tony Okerafor