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Osun’s verdict has taught us a lessons – INEC Chair

THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has stated that the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), was successful in the most recent governor’s race in Osun State.

The INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu stated this at a press conference yesterday while he was observing the BVAS mock accreditation exercise in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

,Recall that the Osun State Governorship Election Tribunal dismissed Governor Ademola Adeleke for excessive voting at more than 700 voting centers during the state’s governorship election on July 16, 2022.

Yakubu, who spoke for the first time on the subject clarified that the BVAS machine was not on trial as had been implied in some circles. He added that the commission had taken some lessons from the ruling.

“The BVAS never failed anywhere and as you have seen here, the machine actually never failed. I wouldn’t like to comment on a matter in court as it is subjudice but in every situation, the commission learns and carries the experience from what has happened to improving the processes for the next election. We have learnt some lessons from what happened and one of the lessons is to be able to transmit the accreditation data.

“During this mock exercise, we have assembled result sheets that will transmit the accreditation data but there is no results sheets here because people have not voted. So on the INEC Result Viewing (IReV) Portal, we have created a new URL for those of you that are on the IReV portal. And if you go home after 2.30pm, you will see the result of the mock transmitted from the 437 polling units (PUs) nationwide, including the details of accreditation and we are going to transmit both the results on election day and the accreditation figures so that the two will rhyme,” Yakubu said.

According to him, the panel has assured Nigerians that on elections day, accurate and simultaneous transmission of both the accredited data and the actual votes cast will take place.

Yakubu commended the efficiency of the mock accreditation procedure, saying the commission had chosen to carry it out to further test the reliability of the machines that would be used on election day.

The INEC chairman visited the Municipal Area Council (AMAC) Area 10 polling place (PU018) and the Bwari Council Area (PU03) in Abuja.

The head of INEC further stated that no place where the exercise was held had reported any machine failure.

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