Abdullahi Adamu, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has expressed fear over the deployment of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) for the 2023 general election.
Mr Adamu said he doubts that the introduction of BVAS by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the transmission of the election would produce a fair result.
Adamu identified the challenges of network failure and electricity problems as major hindrances that could mar the use of the technology for the 2023 elections. In 2021, INEC introduced BVAS into the country’s electoral exercise, allowing for the accreditation of voters through biometrics capturing, and uploading of polling results among other functions.
Different stakeholders have described BVAS as an upgrade of the smartcard reader, which was used in the 2019 elections as well as a game changer in the country’s electoral process. In preparation for the 2023 election, INEC had already declared that it would be deploying over 200,000 BVAS across the country for the exercise.