CSOs kick against INEC plan to reconfigure BVAS
The Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room, has expressed displeasure at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) plan to reconfigure the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) used during the recent Presidential elections.
The group is worried about how INEC will preserve data collected during the Presidential and National Assembly elections of 25th February 2023.
The Situation Room is made up of 70 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) working in support of credible and transparent elections in Nigeria.
In a statement the group says electoral accountability requires that information collected during elections are preserved for use in the audit and review of the election.
“In the light of the disputations that have emerged and the controversy surrounding the 2023 general elections, Situation Room is asking INEC to ensure that its records and data related to the election are held safely and securely to ensure its use for the purposes of scrutiny and accountability”.
“Reports indicates that the BVAS may need to be reconfigured or even erased for the upcoming State Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections due on Saturday, 11th March 2023”.
They expressed worry that this could further pose additional credibility questions over the integrity and conduct of the 2023 general elections.
Writing by Julian Osamoto