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Elections: Why BVAS won’t fail – INEC chair

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The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, has said that the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System machines have never failed and will not fail Nigerians at the 2023 general election.

Yakubu said this in Abuja on Saturday while assessing activities at polling units in the Federal Capital Territory where mock accreditation of voters was held using the BVAS machines.

“In the two polling units we have visited so far, there is no report of failure; the machines have performed optimally and this is the report we are getting so far nationwide.

“We have also made contingency arrangements like we will do on election day, that there is a spare machine in case, and in the unlikely event of a malfunction we will be able to respond and fix the machines’’ he said.

Yakubu explained that from the mock exercise witnessed, it took less than 30 seconds to accredit a voter adding that this was the report INEC was getting from all the selected polling units nationwide.

“The speed is good and also the authentication is good.

“The BVAS has never failed anywhere,’’ he stressed.

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