Mock accreditation successful in Lagos — INEC

Explaining BVAS bypass, Agbaje said that some politicians could connive with INEC staff to smuggle printed ballot into the box without passing through accreditation.

He said that results of those places would be cancelled if noticed through over-voting.

Agbaje said that INEC would also put its house in order and not send to the field any staff that could embarrass the commission.

“Anyone caught conniving with politicians to bypass BVAS will face the consequences,” he said.

Assessing the process, Mr Afeez Sulaiman, a registered voter at Polling Unit 035, Ward 2 located at Enitan Primary School, Aguda, said it was fast.

“This process is very fast, it took me about two minutes to get accredited when I presented my card,”

Mrs Chinyere Joseph, a voter at Polling Unit 015, Ward 8, Igbobi-Fadeyi, Somolu, also said it didn’t take her one minute to get accredited.

The PDP Candidate for Somolu Federal Constituency, Mr Oluwaseyi Olowu, popularly known as Chicago, who applauded INEC for the ‘perfect and seamless’ voter accreditation, urged the commission to sustain the success on election day.

However, a PDP Chieftain in Somolu, Mr Kazeem Jolaosho, who commended INEC for the mock, noted that the machines failed in finger accreditation for some voters, but the facial accreditation worked perfectly.

“The finger accreditation through BVAS is not without hitches like the facial accreditation. We want INEC to work on this,* Jolaosho said.

An observer from the Guild of Public Affairs Analysts of Nigeria in Ikeja, Mr Stephen Aya, while commending INEC’s efforts at making elections more credible, urged politicians to cooperate with the electoral body.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the INEC monitoring team led by Agbaje visited Polling Unit 035, Ward 2 located at Enitan Primary School, Aguda, and Polling Unit 019, Ward 7 located at Rabiatu Thompson Crescent Primary School, Shitta/Ogunlana in Surulere LGA.

The team.also monitored the exercise at Polling Unit 040, Ward 5 located at Omo Alade Alafia Street., Mafowoku and Polling Unit 015, Ward 8 located at Ogatimirin Street., Igbobi-Fadeyi in Somolu LGA.

Agbaje’s team was also at Polling Unit 010, Ward 1 located at the front of No.5, Abeokuta Str, Anifowose/Ikeja and Polling Unit 017, Ward 10 located at the Junction of Irewole/Joseph Str, Wasimi/Opebi/Allen in Ikeja LGA.

The mock accreditation exercise also took place in Ikorodu, Eti-Osa and Agege LGAs.

INEC embarked on mock accreditation of voters to test the functionality of the BVAS ahead of the 2023 General Election in the state. NAN reports that BVAS was introduced by INEC for the accreditation of voters through biometrics capturing, uploading of polling results and other functions.