2023 election: INEC clears air on ‘preloaded’ BVAS

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has cleared the air on the issue of preloaded BVAS flying about on social media.

The Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) is an electronic device designed to read Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and authenticate voters.

It requires the voters’ fingerprints, which would help prove that they are eligible to carry out the exercise.

Reports have been making the rounds on social media about the existence of preloaded BVAS which is intended to rig the presidential and other elections.

But addressing reporters on Thursday ahead of Saturday’s elections, the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said he does not know about the existence of such a device.

“I don’t know what that means. I’m not sure what that means. The BVAS can’t be operated before the election. It would only start working by 8:30 am on the election day,” he said on Thursday.

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