BVAS is for Verification, not for Voting — INEC Clarifies
By Alabidun Shuaib AbdulRahman
Malam Attahiru Madami, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Kwara, has clarified that the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) is only used to verify and authenticate voter card ownership, not for voting.
This was stated during a stakeholders meeting held at the commission’s office in Ilorin on Thursday.
The official emphasized the importance of the meeting for political parties to engage in voter education.
He also assured that over voting would not occur with the use of BVAS for accreditation and warned that any presiding officer caught allowing unverified voting would face arrest and prosecution.
According to the official, “Assuming the 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 cancelled.
“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 finger print match, you are going to vote, but if your fringer print doesn’t match but face match you are going to vote.
“However, if your face and finger print was put three times and both doesn’t match, it means you cannot vote,” Madami explained.
He therefore advised the representatives of political parties to draw the ears of their political agents to be vigilant during election.