BVAS not for voting – INEC

The Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, in Kwara, Attahiru Madami, says the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System, BVAS, is not for voting, but to verify and authenticate the owner of a voters card.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, in Kwara, Attahiru Madami, says the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System, BVAS, is not for voting, but to verify and authenticate the owner of a voters card.

Mr Madami made the clarification during a stakeholders’ meeting at the commission’s office in Ilorin on Thursday.

He said that the meeting was very important, especially for the political parties to embark on voter education.

The official explained that there won’t be over-voting with the use of BVAS for accreditation.

He warned that if the presiding officer of any polling unit is mischievous and allows people to vote without verification by BVAS, such a person would be arrested and prosecuted.

“Assuming the total number of people registered through accreditation is 300 and the ballot paper counted is 301, the result of that polling unit will be canceled.

“It means that all the political parties in the affected polling unit will get zero,” the REC said.

“If your finger was put on the BVAS and your fingerprint match, you are going to vote, but if your fingerprint doesn’t match but your face match you are going to vote.

“However, if your face and fingerprint were put three times and both don’t match, it means you cannot vote,” Mr Madami explained.

He, therefore, advised the representatives of political parties to draw the ears of their political agents to be vigilant during an election.

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