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  • Updated: November 14, 2023

Kogi election: INEC debunks allegations of voters data manipulation

Kogi election: INEC debunks allegations of voters data  mani

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has debunked allegations of voters data manipulation on the several Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) used in the governorship election in Kogi state.

Candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the election, Yakubu Murtala, had alleged that the Commission was working with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to manipulate the data to reflect alleged over-voting in polling units across four local government areas in the state.

National Commissioner and Member, Information and Voter Education Committee of INEC, Mohammed Kudu Haruna, dismissed the allegation in a statement on Tuesday.

Haruna described the reports as unfounded, adding that the most accurate and up-to-date Voters’ Accreditation Data is available in the BVAS, which is used for the authentication and accreditation of registered voters at various polling units on election day.

“It automatically retains the accreditation data of all voters”, he stated.

According to him, the BVAS is designed to primarily work offline without Internet connectivity, which facilitates faster and seamless authentication and accreditation experience for voters. 

He, however, said that "when its application is active or in use, depending on the strength of its connection to the Internet, the BVAS automatically exports the accreditation data to the Accreditation Backend System ABS.

“This exportation of data does not happen when the device’s application is inactive or when the internet connectivity is poor. The same experience applies to a situation where more than one BVAS gadget is used at a polling unit with more than 1,250 registered voters.

"This could be compared to a situation when poor network services delay the delivery of an SMS sent from one individual to another through a mobile phone.

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