Yobe: Re-train ad-hoc staff on BVAS, election observers tell INEC

 

A Coalition of Accreditation Observers Group for the 2023 general elections in Yobe state Tuesday said there was need for the Independent Electoral commission (INEC) to retrain its ad-hoc staff on the use of Bimodal Verification Accreditation System (BVAS) machines in the state.

The secretary of the observers’ team, Adam Baba Kowa, said this Tuesday in Damaturu while briefing journalists on their recommendations on the just concluded Presidential and National Assembly elections in Yobe state. 

He stated that the peaceful conduct of the presidential and National Assembly elections exercise in Yobe state may not be unconnected to the intensive voter education and the engagement of youth in governance to cub electoral violence in the state.

He said on the Election Day, observers were at the various polling units on time, but there were delays in the opening of polling units in some areas visited.

“BVAS were used to verify and accredit voters. Some of the BVAS machines were very effective as it takes less than ten second to accredit a voter.

“There were separate queues for women and special people in the areas visited, the process was accreditation and voting simultaneous.

“There were reports of late arrival of materials in some places, and some names were not found in the voters register and there some technical challenges with BVAS machine in capturing voters data.

“Also INEC ad-hoc staffs were not well trained on the use of BVAS machines, and some voters were unable to vote as a result of failure of the machines to accredit them.

“However, there were reports of some discrepancies between the total ballot papers casted and the total number of accredited voters in the BVAS machines in some polling units visited,” he said.