INEC displays sensitive materials, 2,822 BVAS for the election of the FCT council

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)on Thursday, it announced that it had implemented 2,822 Biometric Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) for the February 12 Federal Capital Territory (FCT) council elections. The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that 1,373,492 registered voters are expected to take part in the elections for president and councillors, in 2,229 voting units. INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu, in distributing confidential materials to area councils, said that 12,000 ad hoc staff had also been deployed for the elections. Mr. Yakubu said that the confidential materials were collected from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and taken to the INEC FCT office for distribution to area councils. “The materials have been received from CBN and are being taken to the area councils starting with the furthest area councils, Abaji, Kwali and Gwagwalada. “There are six area councils: Abaji, Bwari, Gwagwalada, Kuje, Kwali and the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC),” he said. Mr. Yakubu explained to foreign observers that although the election was for a local government “and not that big, the area councils were large areas that could amount to a country”. “A single area council like AMAC is almost the size of Guinea-Bissau in Africa, so we still had some serious work to do. ‘However, we have taken proper care and decongested some voting units for the elections and we hope that the political parties have mobilized so that there is a high voter turnout. “Our responsibility is voter education, while their responsibility is voter mobilization,” he said. INEC’s National Voter Information and Education Commissioner (IVEC), Festus Okoye, said that representatives of political parties, civil society groups and the media were observing the display of confidential materials. “This is because we want to be as transparent as possible and we also want to be as quick as possible so that the vehicles can get out. “The security agents that would escort the vehicles are ready, political parties and CSOs are welcome to escort the vehicles to their destinations. “When they get there, the materials will be unloaded and held under heavy security while waiting to be deployed to the Registration Area Centers (RACs).” Abdulrazak Yusuf, director in charge of election operations, said the confidential materials included result sheets and ballot papers, personalized in different colors depending on the area council. Mr. Yusuf said that each ballot paper and result sheet differed from area council to area and had been colour-coded, adding that “the one in Kwali differs in color from that in Gwagwalada and the other local governments. “We also produce replacement result sheets, based on the percentage, in case something happens, we can easily have sheets to record our results. “They usually stay with the resident commissioner who oversees that local government plus the six who support the REC, so the forms would be with him, but it wouldn’t be used. “It can only be used when all parties have agreed there is a problem with a result sheet that (and) will be countersigned and replaced.” Yusuf said INEC had a checklist containing the names of all voting units and ballot papers with their serial numbers and the number of result sheets to be used. He added that each voting unit had its own unique custom feature with its own delimitation. “So we can’t use a result sheet from 001 to 002 because it has been customized according to that voting unit,” he said. The Resident Electoral Commissioner of the FCT INEC, Yahaya Bello, said that everything was ready for the elections of the area councils of the FCT, adding that sensitive material was brought so that CSOs and political parties can verify . advertisements He said that the RACs had been prepared, secured and ready to work and that the RACs would open on February 11, 2022 to accommodate all ad hoc staff. Bello said the ad hoc staff had already been trained and were ready and waiting for the confidential materials, “so everything was in place to make sure the election started early.” “Everything is ready for the conduct of the election and I pray that by God’s grace it will be very peaceful, very successful, very transparent, very credible and very inclusive and everyone will be able to vote for the candidate of his or her choice.’ ‘ Bello said that all the BVAS devices had been properly configured and that the commission had also trained what it called “RAC technicians.” According to him, “there are technicians who will take care of the machines in case of any breakdown”. He explained that transporters had also been hired and there were motorcycles, tricycles, and other vehicles ready to deliver materials to the centers. Mr. Bello therefore advised FCT residents to go out and vote, adding that the BVAS were configured to upload the results to the voting units so that everyone could see the results from the rooms. (YAYA) Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; INEC displays sensitive materials, 2,822 BVAS for the election of the FCT council