APC Expresses Fear Over BVAS for 2023 Elections

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, has raised concerns over the proposed use of Bimodal Voter Accreditation System for the 2023 general election.Adamu expressed his reservation when a delegation for Commonwealth on the 2023 General Election paid a courtesy visit to party secretariat in Abuja on Wednesday.

The development is coming barely 93 days to the presidential election.

In attendance were the Commonwealth delegation’s Political Officer, Lindiwe Maleleka; Communications Officer, Temitope Kalejaiye; Executive Officer, Zippy Ojago; Security Safety, Nathan Westley and Head of Africa Section, Abiola Sumonu.

The APC chairman’s fear is coming barely 48 hours after the Independent National Electoral Commission says it is “constitutionally and legally impossible” to resume the continuous voters’ registration exercise.

INEC stance was the fallout of an Abuja Federal High Court’s refusal to grant the prayer of four plaintiffs who sued the commission for discontinuing the voter registration exercise on July 31.

But on Wednesday, Adamu disclosed that he doubted if the introduction of BVAS for transmission of election in real time would produce a fair result for the nation in the 2023 elections.

According to him, Nigeria does not cut the image of a nation that is ready and prepared to take the risk of deploying such technology for use in an election.

The former Nasarawa governor, however, disclosed that unless INEC was prepared to assure the ruling party and Nigerians that they were 100 per cent ready, its proposed use of the technology would be shrouded in doubt.

He 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.
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