The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullahi Adamu has kicked against the proposed use of Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) for the 2023 general election.
APC Kicks Against BVAS, IReV
The APC Chairman spoke on Wednesday when a delegation for Commonwealth on the 2023 General Election paid a courtesy visit to the party secretariat in Abuja.
Adamu expressed his concern over the use of the BVAS and the INEC Results Viewing Portal (IReV) for the 2023 elections, saying Nigeria is not yet ready for such technology.
He said he doubts if the introduction of BVAS for transmission of election in real time would produce a fair result for the nation in the 2023 elections.
The APC Chairman added that unless Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is prepared to assure the ruling party and Nigerians that they are 100 percent ready, its proposed use of the technology would be shrouded in doubt.
Adamu said; “First, I was privileged to serve as a senator. But our concern is how ready are we to deploy some of these technologies as regards transmission because we are taking a major step in transmitting election results in real time.
“To transmit results, every part of the nation – Nigeria, I’m not sure that the network covers it, I know that even in parts of Abuja, there is no network and we have from now till February when in substantial parts of the country, there is no electricity.
“INEC must assure us 100 per cent that as of when due in transmitting results, they are ready because they spoke about recharging batteries. But we heard in previous elections when it says it can’t recharge.”
The APC National Organising Secretary, Suleiman Argungu also re-echoed same reservation about the electronic transmission of results in the 2023 election.
Argungu said; “As a rider to what the national chairman just said about INEC transmitting results directly during the coming elections. Apart from the issue of electricity that is unstable, a lot of the villages and communities are bordering other countries, for instance my state, Kebbi was bordering two nations during the previous elections.
“You can’t get people easily on the network of Nigeria, Glo, MTN, Airtel. If you want to get them, you have to use the number of the other countries to reach them. So, during election, I don’t see how transmission of result will work. I see it coming.”
KanyiDaily recalls that the INEC has reassured Nigerians that the data on BVAS will not be hacked or compromised on election day.