Ahead of the November 11 off-cycle governorship election in the states, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has set October 14 for the mock accreditation exercise using the Biometric Verification and Accreditation System (BVAS) in Bayelsa Kogi and Imo states.
The exercise, which runs simultaneously in three designated units in each of the senatorial zones of the three states, according to the commission, will also be posted on the INEC Results Viewing Portal (IREV).
A statement by the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Sam Olumekun, urged voters in the designated polling units to turn out en masse and participate in the test-run event.
“As was the case in recent off-cycle governorship elections, the commission will conduct a mock accreditation using the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) and upload polling units results to the INEC Result Viewing Portal (IReV). The test run will take place simultaneously in the three states on Saturday, 14th October, 2023 from 8.30am to 2.30 pm.
“A maximum of three polling units in each senatorial district have been identified across each of the three states, covering a total of nine senatorial districts and 27 polling units. Lessons learnt from the exercise will be taken into consideration in ensuring a seamless process on Election Day.
“Full details of the polling units, including their locations by Local Government Area (LGA), Registration Area (RA)/Ward, Delimitation Code, and number of registered voters, have been uploaded to our website and social media platforms.
“The Commission appeals to registered voters in the selected polling units to turn up with their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) for the exercise.
The public is advised that this is strictly a test accreditation exercise and not the actual election.”