Mock Accreditation Holds Feb 4 — INEC

With less than 28 days until the general election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced on Friday that it would conduct mock accreditation of registered voters in 436 polling units across the country on February 4.

The INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, announced this during a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners in Abuja.

Yakubu explained that the commission had received the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System machines for the election, which had been tested to ensure their functionality, thus the need for a mock accreditation of voters, as done in the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states.

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The INEC chairman also noted that 12 polling units had been designated in each state of the federation and four in the Federal Capital Territory on the equality of the country’s 109 senatorial districts for the exercise.

He said: “As you are already aware, the commission has taken delivery of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System machines for the election. We have also dutifully tested each machine in our offices nationwide to ensure its functionality.

“The next step is to conduct field tests across the country involving actual voters. For this reason, and in readiness for nationwide deployment, the Commission is conducting a mock accreditation of voters similar to what was done ahead of the recent Ekiti and Osun states governorship elections.

“The mock accreditation will hold on Saturday, 4th February 2023, in 436 polling units nationwide. Twelve polling units have been designated in each State of the Federation and four in the Federal Capital Territory on the equality of the country’s 109 Senatorial Districts for the exercise.

“A comprehensive list of the polling units, including their names and PU Code numbers, as well as their distribution by State, Senatorial District, Local Government and Registration Area (Ward) will be uploaded to the Commission’s website shortly.

“The Commission appeals to registered voters in the affected polling units to appear on the scheduled date with their PVCs for the mock exercise. Doing so will help to reassure the public of the robustness of our system and to strengthen our processes ahead of the General Election. Civil society organisations, the media and the general public are welcome to observe the process. At the end of the exercise, the 436 BVAS machines involved will be reconfigured before they are deployed for the General Election.”

 

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