INEC has revealed The importance of the Bimodal Voter Identification System (BVAS) in the collation of the 2023 Presidential Election Results.
Touchaheart Nigeria reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has stated that during Saturday’s presidential and national assembly elections, raw election results will not be electronically transmitted.
In order for Citizens to witness the election results, the INEC Chairman stated that Presiding Officers must use the BVAS machine to record them on the results sheets from each polling place.
The INEC Chairman explained the decision not to submit raw statistics electronically during a meeting with leaders of International Election Observers at the Commission’s headquarters that it was made to prevent hacking since raw figures are more prone to hacking.
Yakubu further informed the international observers that the fundamental distinction between the Kenyan experience and the commission’s actions is the choice not to transmit the raw data.
The INEC Chairman also reaffirmed that the polls would go as scheduled due to the mobilization of all essential governmental entities by the Commission to ensure the success of the process.
The Bimodal Voter Identification System (BVAS), which has been used for the elections, is anticipated to carry out three key tasks, according to INEC Chairman.
According to him:
“It confirms that the cards issued by the commission and presented by the voter is genuine and the voter is authenticated using the fingerprint and where it failed, the facial. Where both fail, the voter can’t vote. That is a matter of law.
“After the process is completed at the polling unit, the image of the polling unit result will be taken by the BVAS and uploaded into what we call the INEC Result Viewing Portal where citizens can see polling unit level results as the processes are completed at polling unit level.
“The difference between what Kenya did in 2015 and what we are doing is that we are not transmitting raw figures for collation. In fact, the law does not allow for electronic collation of results. So, we don’t transmit raw figures because raw figures transmitted online are more susceptible to hacking while images of a document are not susceptible to hacking.”
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