2023: Accreditation, voting to be done simultaneously – INEC


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed that it has abolished the time frame between the accreditation of voters and the voting proper.


According to INEC, voters will now be allowed to vote immediately after they are accredited at their various polling units in the 2023 general elections.


Recall that in previous elections, accreditation used to take place in the morning, while accredited voters return to vote later at noon.


It was gathered in most polling units that some accredited voters failed to return to vote, creating a difference between the number of accredited voters and the total votes cast.


Speaking on TVC’s Your Views on Monday, INEC spokesperson, Festus Okoye, said voters would now be allowed to cast their votes immediately after they must have been successfully accredited through the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) only.


“We no longer do differential accreditation and voting. We do simultaneous accreditation and voting. For the 2023 elections, it is going to be simultaneous accreditation and voting. We are not going to have a differential timeframe in terms of accreditation and voting,” Okoye said.


He maintained that all voters must be accredited through the BVAS, adding that the machine would be used to scan the results and send same electronically from the polling unit to the INEC portal.


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