APC Kicks Against BVAS, E-Transmission Of Poll Results

ABUJA- The All Progressives Congress (APC) has raised serious doubt about assur­ances given by the Independent Na­tional Electoral Commission (INEC) that poll unit level results will be trans­mitted and viewed real-time via the INEC Results Viewing (IReV) portal.

Senator Abdullahi Adamu, APC National Chairman, raised the con­cern when he received Common­wealth Election Team led by Ms. Abio­la Sunmonu, Adviser & Head, African Section, Political Team, who is in the country for update on preparations for the 2023 general elections.

The APC national chairman told the Commonwealth Political Team that whereas he played his part while serving as a senator to midwife relevant legislation on the use of technology to enrich the electoral system, that he is still not convinced that INEC has the capacity to transmit the re­sults real time from polling units.

He said his concerns are buoyed by the seeming unre­liability of the nation’s public electricity supply and the poor telephone network which affect communities that are located even in the federal capital city of Abuja.

APC, he said, would not ac­cept situation that happened during previous elections where the commission promised to get batteries for emergency recharg­es which never happened.“First, I was privileged to serve as a senator… our concern is how ready are we to deploy some of these technologies as regards transmission because we are tak­ing a major step in transmitting election results in real-time. To transmit results, every part of the nation, Nigeria, I’m not sure that the network covers it.

“I know that even in parts of Abuja there is no network and we have from now till February when substantial parts of the country have no electricity.

“INEC must assure us 100 percent that as at when due, in transmitting results they are ready because they spoke about recharging batteries but we heard in previous elections when it says it can’t recharge”.

Also echoing the view of the APC national chairman, Al­haji Suleiman Argungu, APC National Organising Secretary, said network challenges remain a big issue in his state, Kebbi, pointing out that the network of neighbouring countries of Niger and Benin Republic often dwarf the reach of Nigeria’s networks.

It is noteworthy that the Co­alition of United Political Par­ties (CUPP) has in the last two months spoken vociferously about alleged plot to thwart the use of technology including an alleged move to remove the chair­man of INEC.

However, the commission has repeatedly assured Nigerians and the international communi­ty that both the use of the Bimod­al Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) and the real-time trans­mission and viewing of poll unit level results on the INEC Results Viewing (IReV) portal is sacro­sanct and irreversible.

Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the INEC Chairman, also on Wednesday reiterated the same view when he also received the Commonwealth Political Team.

Yakubu, who seized the occa­sion to clear the air on doubts cast on the IReV, insisted that there is no going back on the transmis­sion and viewing of the results real time.

Speaking earlier when he met the Civil Society Situation Room (CSSR) in Abuja, Yakubu repeat­ed that the use of technology in the coming polls.

“The Electoral Act 2022 re­quires the commission to de­ploy technology on election day for voter accreditation and the upload of polling unit results to the INEC Result Viewing (IReV) portal.

“These processes will be achieved through the use of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation Sys­tem (BVAS). I wish to reassure Ni­gerians that the BVAS has come to stay as the only means of voter accreditation.

“There will be no incident form on election day. Results from polling units will be up­loaded to the IReV portal in re­al-time. Nigerians will view the results as they are uploaded. For the last two years beginning from August 2020, the commis­sion has published results direct from polling units in 105 off-cycle governorship and bye-elections in real-time and the results can still be viewed on the IReV por­tal.

“The 2023 general election will not be different. There is no truth in any insinuation to the contrary. This should put to rest the erroneous notion that Nige­rians will not have the opportu­nity to view polling unit results uploaded by presiding officers in real-time on election day”.


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