The upcoming governorship elections in Kogi, Bayelsa, and Imo states will see the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) employing 11,355 Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machines for voter accreditation, according to a high-ranking official within the commission who spoke on condition of anonymity to our correspondent on Sunday.
These states have a substantial number of polling units: Bayelsa with 2,244, Kogi with 3,508, and Imo with 4,758.
Notably, the BVAS encountered technical issues during the presidential and National Assembly elections held on February 25, 2023. Despite this setback, INEC stated that the deployed BVAS achieved a commendable 98 percent success rate during their evaluation of the 2023 polls.
Assuring improved performance in the upcoming off-season governorship elections, the INEC official revealed that 2,400 BVAS units will be allocated to Bayelsa, while Imo and Kogi will see 5,079 and 3,876 BVAS units respectively.
“The BVAS never malfunctioned. However, we aimed to surpass our performance on March 18, 2023,” the official emphasized.