2023 Mock Accreditation Test: Taraba REC expresses satisfaction as BVAS didn’t fail voters

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By Joy Odor

The Mock Accreditation Exercise to test the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) nationwide, in preparation for the general election recorded a huge success in Taraba State.

The Mock accreditation started by 8:30 am in all the polling units across the selected centers and the INEC staff on duty arrived early without giving the voters chance to wait.

Although the State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Alhaji Umar Mukhtar Gajiram left INEC State headquarters by 11: am due to the lingering fuel problem and cashless policy of CBN to monitor the exercise in different polling units, but due to far distance between the Local Government areas, is like traveling from Taraba to Abuja, we were able to visit only St Mary’s primary school polling unit, Avyi Ward, 34/14/013 to assess the turn out of voters.

Briefing the REC, the lCT Support staff, Fatima Abdullahi told us that the voters turnout in their numbers, however, their PVCs didn’t match the polling unit, saying that is a challenge they faced and need a lot of work to do in enlightening the voters on the need to know their polling units they Register.

She said so far, the INEC staff was able to accredit 33 voters successful, with no issues of BVAS.

Fatima however said the only challenge was a woman, Talatu Yakubu who the BVAS could not accredit.

She said Talatu name was on PVC, on the paper and displayed her information on the BVAS but the BVAS failed to accredit her, the REC ask the ICT officer to see to it that the case is send to Abuja headquarters for further follow up and sort out before the 25th February elections.

Addressing the people, the REC expressed satisfaction on the performance of the machine for it’s fast accreditation of voters in less than 30 seconds.

He called on the citizen of Taraba and Nigerians to see the effort of the INEC as a welcome development for free, fair and credible elections performance ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Taraba REC said with the success of the Mock exercise, it shows that 25th February elections would be a piece of cake, as the BVAS worked fast and did not fail on the process of accreditation and enjoined them to come out en masse to perform their civic duty during the general election.

Speaking, the voters who came for the accreditation expressed satisfactory and impressed with the speed the BVAS was able to accredit them without wasting time, the configuration was perfect and hope it worked during the general elections.

According to them, BVAS machines were capturing people’s data very fast, through finger prints and facial recognition.

After the mock accreditation exercise, the REC and his officers paid a homage to the Traditional Ruler of Kwararafa Kingdom, HRH Manu Adda Ali and brief him on the succeful exercise.

He commended him for his support in n educating his subjects on the to come out for the exercise and for the coming general elections ahead.

The HRH assured the REC his support and Royal blessings to INEC in general for their good work and to ensure that come general elections, Taraba citizens will maintain peace and vote with non violent environment for the free, fair and credible elections.

Voting ended before 3. pm in the polling units in Taraba and the results are expected to be collated and transmitted electronically to the National INEC Headquarters.

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