The Plateau State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Oliver Tersoo Agundu has taken delivery of the BVAS machines meant for the State.
The BVAS are expected to be shared across the total number of polling units in Plateau during next year’s general elections for the purpose of accreditation of prospective voters.
Recall that in line with the new Electoral Act, 2022, which has allowed the deployment of technology in Nigeria’s electoral system, INEC has sanctioned the deployment of BVAS as the sole means of accreditation for the 2023 polls.
Agundu said, “The delivery of the machines today signifies the absolute and early preparedness of INEC to conduct the 2023 general election without hitches as planned by the Commission.
“It is expected that in the coming days, the State office will carry out performance checks on each of the units received, to ascertain their respective functionality status before they are finally kept securely for usage at the general election next year.”
According to him, “With this delivery, Plateau State has joined the league of States that have so far received their share of BVAS which is generally described as a game changer in the evolution of Nigeria’s electoral system.”
The REC, who commended the Chairman of the Commission and the entire INEC family for the timely supply of the BVAS, equally praised the Nigerian Air force for their complimentary role and commitment for democratic consolidation in Nigeria.
He further pledged to deploy the BVAS during upcoming polls as stipulated, to ensure “credibility, transparency, fairness and inclusiveness” in the 2023 exercise.
Agundu was in company of the Administrative Secretary, Barr Mrs Caroline Okpe, Head of Departments of Operations, ICT and other staff of INEC in Plateau State.
The REC calls on all registered voters in the State who are yet to collect their PVCs to hasten up and do the needful.