By Caleb Ishaya
Ahead of 2023 general elections, The rulling All Progressives Congress, APC, has said the party is in full support of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS, and the independent electoral commission, INEC, results viewing portal IReV.
Aljazirah Nigeria early hours of Thursday reported that the national chairman of the APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, has disagreed with INEC, over the planned electronic transmission of elections results in next year’s poll during a meeting with Commonwealth pre-election delegation, Wednesday, November 23, 2022, in response to a question regarding the country’s preparations for next year’s elections
But disclaiming the chairman’s statement, the National Publicity Secretary of party Felix Morka in a press conference yesterday said “the chairman was grossly misquoted on deployment of BVAS and Electronic transmission of results”.
According to Morka, “a section of the media is awash with comments credited to the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu on the deployment of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS, and the Results Viewing Portal IReV, otherwise known as electronic transmission of election results, for the 2023 general elections
“Media reports that Chairman Adamu kicked against INEC’s decision to deploy BVAS and electronic transmission of results is patently false, and constitutes an unfair misrepresentation of the National Chairman’s comments.
” At a meeting with the Commonwealth pre-election delegation, Wednesday, November 23, 2022, in response to a question regarding the country’s preparations for next year’s election, the National Chairman noted that while preparations were in top gear, he tasked INEC to take effective steps to bridge any gaps that may be created by electricity and telecommunications network challenges in certain outlying voting districts in the country in order to ensure a smooth and successful deployment of BVAS and other technologies to ensure free and transparent elections.
“To be clear, Chairman Adamu did not kick against the deployment of BVAS or electronic transmission of results as erroneously reported by sections of the media.
” The APC administration of President Muhammadu Buhari midwifed the successful reform of the Electoral Act, the introduction of (BVAS) among other technological innovation, and has superintended the conduct of credible, free, fair and transparent elections in Edo, Anambra, Ekiti and Osun States.
“Our Party and Government remain committed to the highest levels of electoral transparency and democratic consolidation in our country,” he said.