To verify the viability of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System and as part of the preparation for the 2023 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission will conduct a mock accreditation exercise in Delta State.
The Acting Head of INEC Department of Voter Education and Publicity in the state, Bukola Ojem, disclosed this on Tuesday in Asaba, the state capital.
He said the exercise was scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 4 in 12 selected polling stations in the three Senatorial Districts and six Local Government Areas of the state.
Ojeme said: “The Independent National Electoral Commission, Delta State, plans to conduct mock accreditation with the Bimodal Voter Verification System to carry out technical evaluation of the device as part of preparations for the 2023 General Election.
“Recall that the Commission successfully conducted the first technical evaluation of the 6,000 pieces of BVAS delivered to the Commission in Delta State to verify the viability of both the electoral materials and the software.
“The mock accreditation exercise to be held in the 12 selected Electoral Units, three Senatorial Constituencies and six LGAs, is one more step to verify functionality in the field.
“The exercise will start at 8:00 am and end at 2:00 pm and only registered voters, with Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in their respective Electoral Units, will be able to participate in the mock accreditation.
“The commission calls on Deltans, especially the participating voters, to comply with the instructions of the officials deployed in the exercise for a successful outcome.”
The local governments elected according to Ojeme are Okpe, Ughelli North, Ika North East, Oshimili North, Isoko North and Warri South.