The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has given assurances that the results of the 2023 elections can’t be manipulated.
INEC said the nature of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) gives no room for the manipulation of results during electronic transmission.
The special adviser to the INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, Prof. Mohammad Kuna gave the assurance on Tuesday in Abuja during a panel discussion at a two-day workshop organised by the National Peace Committee (NPC) headed by former Head of States, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd) and The Kukah Centre.
Naija News reports the workshop had as its theme, ‘The role and impact of Digital Technologies in facilitating Peaceful Elections in Nigeria’.
Speaking, Kuna submitted that “With the nature of the BVAS, the uploaded polling units (PUs) results cannot be manipulated. The machine was not designed to edit the photographic result uploaded and sent to the INEC Result Viewing Portal (IReV); and once sent cannot be recalled.”
BVAS is an electronic device designed to read Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and authenticate voters.
Also speaking, the Executive Director of the Yiaga Africa, Samson Itodo, however, urged INEC to subject the BVAS and other electronic devices which will be involved in the conduct of the polls to a ‘stress test’.