The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that some politicians want the Commission to open up the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) for them to gain access.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports Mr Festus Okoye, INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee disclosed this on Tuesday.
Okoye said the politicians want to see the inside of the BVAS, in order to know how it functions for them to see whether there’s a possibility for them to clone it or manipulate it.
“The Commission will not do that,” Okoye said, adding that the BVAS is robust and that it will be a game-changer in the 2023 general elections.
The INEC National Commissioner, who made a live appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, also addressed concerns over the possibility of over-voting.
“Some of these fears are not valid. People are just throwing in issues into the fray to make sure that we disclose to them the complete and entire functionality of the BVAS.
“There are some politicians who want us to open the brain of the BVAS [machine] so they can see inside the BVAS [machine], to see how it functions and for them to also see whether there’s a possibility for them to clone it or manipulate it and the commission will not do that.
“Democracy can only be protected by a vigilant people and the law has given the political parties the power and the right to deploy their polling agents to all the polling units in Nigeria and to all the collation centres,” he said.
Okoye noted that stakeholders are granted access to monitor the entire electoral process to ensure that nobody puts any foreign material into the ballot boxes on election day that will cause over-voting.
“Our BVAS is a very robust gadget – a very robust instrument, and we have faith in it. We believe it is the ultimate arbiter in terms of those who want to manipulate the process.
“I think that Nigerians should have faith in the BVAS. It is robust and will be a game-changer in the 2023 general elections,” the INEC official said.