You Can’t Vote Without Electronic Authentication-INEC Insists

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is set to match its words with action as it warns dubious voters, particularly identity theft specialists, to steer off polling stations. Chairman of the commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, gave the warning on Monday while introducing the commission’s new voter’s verification and anti identity theft machine known as the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS.
Prof Yakubu, who was addressing party chieftains and members of Civil Society Organization, CSOs, during the commission’s third quarterly meeting, told the gathering that INEC developed the new device following outcry by Nigerian voters whose permanent voters cards were stolen. The device, he said, will guarantee that only authentic. PVC owners can vote during elections.
The INEC boss disclosed that many stakeholders, including leaders of political parties, challenged the commission to strengthen the country’s voting system by providing a better accreditation process that will eliminate identified short-comings at polls, including abuses with incident Forms arising from failure of smart card readers to authenticate finger prints.
“We heard to the call to authenticate the finger prints of voters. Over the last one year, we have reviewed the situation and we think we have found the appropriate technology to address the issue…BVAS will be used first for finger print identification during accreditation or where it fails, for facial identification,” Mahmood disclosed.
The commission expressed its conviction that the new machine is robust enough to further guarantee the credibility of voter authentication and transparent management of results during elections. He Assures however, that where both finger print and facial identification fail, the affected voter will not be allowed to vote as, according to him, “The new mantra is, no electronic autentification, no vote.”

What You Don’t Know About BVAS
*Perform The Functions of SCR and Z-Pad.
Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS, is a new device to be introduced to the nation’s voting system. Among other important function, it is more or less a fool proof finger print and facial dentification device that is designed to ensure that only the rightful owner of the Permanent Voter’s Card, PVC, can vote with it.
The device combines the function of both the SCR and the newly introduced Z-Pad deployed to upload election result into INEC’s website directly from the polling units, thereby putting an end to election result hijack

*Eliminate Use Of Incident Form.
BVAS eliminates the use of Incident Form required to help validate a voter’s identity where the SCR is unable to authenticate the voter’s finger print. The process is subject to obvious abuses.
*Guarantees Finger Print And Facial Identity
The BVAS is more or less a foolproof guarantee to finger print and facial identications. This is where it is a step ahead the SCR with a performance that is often hampered by network issues. The BVAS is said to possess a perfect finger print and facial identification performance quality.
*Pilot Exercise In Delta State
INEC will conduct the pilot exercise with the BVAS use in Isoko South 1 State Assembly by-election, which comes up on Saturday, September 11, 2021.

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