INEC chairman holds meeting with RECs, promises to use BVAS in governorship elections

The Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) will be utilised in the gubernatorial and state legislature elections slated for Saturday, March 11, according to Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

On Saturday, March 4, Yakubu provided the assurance during a meeting with all Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) at the INEC headquarters in Abuja.

He claims that while the BVAS machines are being improved to prevent a repeat of the issues experienced with the elections last Saturday, they will still be utilised for the elections. Journalists were invited to cover the opening but were not given access to the meeting’s agenda.

This meeting is holding exactly one week after the presidential and National Assembly elections, and one week to the governorship and state assembly elections.

In his welcome remarks, the INEC Chairman noted that the meeting is to review performances at the last week’s elections, adding that there are lessons to be learned especially as it relates to logistics management. Mahmood appealed to the RECs to work harder to ensure that the governorship elections do not experience the same glitches recorded with the last elections while calling for disciplining of staff who err.

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