Non sensitive materials moved to Bayelsa, Imo, Kogi – Yakubu 

…Commission to deploy 46,084 regular, ad hoc staff

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has moved non sensitive materials for the November 11 governorship elections in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi states.

The Commission also stated that “other preparatory activities, including training, are on course. Valuable lessons have been learnt from the 2023 General Election for improved performance in the forthcoming elections.”

Chairman of the Commission, Prof Yakubu Mahmood, who stated this Friday at a meeting with the Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC) and Administrative Secretaries (AS), noted that the commission conducted a mock accreditation involving actual voters in designated polling units in the three states.

The INEC chairman said the exercise was undertaken to “first, to test the efficacy of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) for especially biometric authentication of voters and secondly, to upload the result to the INEC Result Viewing Portal (IReV).Prof Yakubu expressed the hope that there would be improved performance of the BVAS in voter accreditation and result upload in the forthcoming elections.

He further said, “Although the portal for media accreditation closes on Tuesday 24th October 2023, we have received applications from 80 media organisations seeking to deploy 1,203 personnel made up of journalists and technical/support staff to report on the elections.

“The 18 political parties participating in the elections are deploying 137,934 agents made up of 130,093 polling and 7,841 collation agents. We are also finalizing arrangements for vehicles and boats for land and maritime movement of personnel and materials.”

In the next three weeks, off-cycle Governorship elections will be held in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi States. The three elections will involve 5,409,438 registered voters that will vote in 10,510 polling units spread across 649 electoral Wards in 56 Local Government Areas. 

“So far, all non-sensitive materials for the election have been delivered to the three states. Other preparatory activities, including training, are on course. Valuable lessons have been learnt from the 2023 General Election for improved performance in the forthcoming elections. He further said the commission planned to deploy a total of 46,084 regular and ad hoc staff for the election, adding that so far the commission accredited 126 national and international organisations collectively deploying 11,000 observers for the election.

He further said, “Although the portal for media accreditation closes on Tuesday 24th October 2023, we have received applications from 80 media organisations seeking to deploy 1,203 personnel made up of journalists and technical/support staff to report on the elections.

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