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  • Updated: April 19, 2024

INEC will not release BVAS for Oyo LG poll — Tella

INEC will not release BVAS for Oyo LG poll — Tella

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) will not be released for the Oyo State local government election.

This was made known by Dr Adeniran Tella, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner for Oyo State in Ibadan while speaking with journalists on the sidelines of the quarterly consultative meeting with civil society organisations in the state.

The Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) has scheduled the conduct of the local government elections in the state for April 27.

He said BVAS contained sensitive data on voters, adding that it was the decision of INEC that it should not be released for local government elections.

“What OYSIEC needs for the election is the voter register and this has been given to them. The voter register will allow the state electoral body to know the number of registered voters and those who are eligible to cast their votes during the elections.

“But BVAS is meant for the general elections and they are sensitive devices that we can not afford to toy with,” he said.

Tella, while addressing representatives of over 25 civil society organisations at the consultation meeting, reassured that INEC would continue to partner with them to enable them to play vital roles in ensuring free, fair, transparent, inclusive and credible elections

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