The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC ) says it expects 5.4 million voters to vote in the three off-cycle governorship elections slated to hold on Nov. 11 in Bayelsa, Kogi and Imo.
Of the figure, 1.05 million voters are in Bayelsa; 2.4 million are in Imo and two million are in Kogi..
National Commissioner and Chairman, INEC’s Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Sam Olum ekun stated in Abuja that INEC reviewed its preparations for the elections in the three states on Tuesday.
He assured that electronic copies of the complete register of voters for each state would be given to political parties participating in the elections.
“Sixteen political parties are sponsoring candidates in Bayelsa; 17 political parties are doing same in Imo, while 18 parties are fielding candidates in Kogi.
“State chairmen of political parties or their representatives are invited to attend the presentation of the registers on Oct. 12 at INEC’s offices in Lokoja, Owerri and Yenagoa at 10 a.m.,’’ he stated.
He sai.d that INEC had finalised arrangements for mock accreditation of voters in the three states in furtherance of its commitment to deepen the deployment of technology for voter accreditation and result management.
He explained that the mock exercise would test-run the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS and the upload of polling units results to the INEC Result Viewing Portal, IReV.
“The exercise will take place simultaneously in the three states on Saturday Oct. 14 from 8.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.
“The list of designated polling units for each state has already been uploaded to INEC’s website and social media platforms.
“Lessons learnt from the mock exercise will be taken into consideration to ensure the seamless deployment of both the BVAS and IReV on Election Day.
“This is strictly a test-run and not the actual election,’’ Olumekun stated.
He appealed to registered voters in the selected polling units to turn up with their Permanent Voter Cards for the mock exercise. (NAN/vitalnewsngr.com)