The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has announced that it would be deploying a total 176, 846 of Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS, for the upcoming February 2023 general elections.
The Electoral body’s National Commissioner and Chairman for Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, had revealed this on Monday in Abuja at the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Alumni Association Annual Seminar 2022 on Promoting Electoral Integrity in Nigeria: Prospects and Challenges
Okoye had also revealed that the Commission would make available, an additional 17,618 BVAS for back-up. Two of the devices would be provided as back-up in each of the 8,809 registration areas.
While highlighting that the electoral commission’s platforms were always prone to attacks by political actors and masked individuals and groups using the services of hackers, Okoye remarked that INEC was faced with the daunting challenge of protecting its platforms and assets ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Festus had then gone on to assure Nigerians that INEC’s data recovery centres would be upgraded to the latest service and all its platforms would be enhanced before the elections.