IN preparation for the general elections in 2023, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has started a nationwide mock accreditation exercise.
The exercise to assess the effectiveness of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) ahead of the February 25 presidential and national assembly elections was announced by the Commission last week. It would take place on February 4.
According to Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of INEC, the machines used for the mock exercise would be modified in readiness for the general elections.
Channels Television today, covered the beginning of the mock accreditation process in Majidadi ‘A’ Registration Area in the Bauchi city.
Election officials have been permitted to employ facial recognition as a backup option for accreditation, if the BVAS system is unable to identify a participant’s fingerprints.
Officials from INEC are on the scene observing the practice run.
The Majidadi ‘A’ Registration Area in the city of Bauchi is where the mock accreditation process starts.
Dorayi Karama Ward has started the mock accreditation exercise, in Kano State’s Gwale Local Government Area (LGA),
According to reports, accreditation for each participant takes at least a minute.
When the BVAS device was unable to read their fingerprint, then the facial recognition feature is used to authenticate participants at the Kano ward.