INEC Completes BVAS Re-Configuration, Begins Deployment
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has concluded the re-configuration of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machines.
The BVAS were used for the February 25 presidential and National Assembly elections.
An official of the electoral body who spoke with Daily Trust said the BVAS was reconfigured to enable their use for the March 18 state elections.
According to the official, the machines, being sensitive election materials, would be deployed to INEC state offices before deployment to local governments, wards and polling units (PUs) on election day.
It was also learnt that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is leading the airlift of the BVAS machines for the security and smoothness of the operation.
The official said, “The early deployment from Wednesday to the states was to ensure that there are no lapses or delays in their deployment. They would be moved to safe locations in states and to the LGAs, wards and polling units.”
Recall that INEC shifted the governorship and state assembly election by one week due to a delay in commencing the re-configuration of the BVAS machines after a court ruling on the matter.
The governorship election will be held in twenty-eight states, while the state assembly election will be held across the country.