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Nigeria Not Ready For BVAS, IReV – APC Chair, Adamu

As the 2023 presidential elections draw near, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has come up with measures like Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) and the INEC Results Viewing Portal (IReV), to guard against vote buying and other electoral crimes.

However, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has kicked against the deployment of the BVAS and the IReV, claiming that Nigeria is not yet ready for such technology.

The National Chairman of the APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, made this claim on Wednesday, 23rd of November, while speaking to a delegation from the Commonwealth Election Observation Mission.

Recall that there had been reports of scheming to have Professor Mahmood, the INEC chairman, removed over his insistence to deploy technology to enhance the credibility of the electoral process.

However, Adamu alleged that the country does not have the telecommunication infrastructure required to use the system.

He said, “Our concern is how ready are we to deploy some of these technologies as regards transmission.”

“To transmit results, every part of the nation Nigeria, I’m not sure that the network covers it. I know that even in parts of Abuja, there is no network, and we have from now till February when in substantial parts of the country, there is no electricity.”

Adamu added that the INEC must assure his party that they are 100% ready.

Senator Adamu’s remarks were echoed by Ambassador Suleiman Argungu, the party’s national organising secretary, who also spoke at the delegation.

He said that apart from the issue of electricity, which is unstable, some communities and villages bordering other countries such as in Kebbi State, could not get Nigerian networks, including Glo, MTN, and Airtel, in the previous elections.

“If you want to get them, you have to use the number of the other countries to reach them. So, during the election, I don’t see how the transmission of results will work,” he said.

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