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BVAS Meaning And How it works in Nigeria

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BVAS Meaning And How it works in Nigeria

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Find out BVAS meaning, what it stands for, and how it works in Nigeria.

Get the answers you need to understand this innovative election technology machine system and learn how the Independent National Electoral Commission will use it to Nigerians’ advantage in the 2023 general elections.

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BVAS Meaning

The Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) is an electronic device that uses the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) of eligible voters to verify and authenticate them at polling units.

BVAS can read barcodes/QR codes on PVCs, enter the last six digits of a voter’s identification number, or type in their last name.

It also captures a photo of the voter for authentication if the fingerprint match fails.

BVAS was introduced by the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu in order to verify the genuineness of PVCs with facial or fingerprint authentication during accreditation; and replace Z-pad when uploading polling unit results to the INEC Result Viewing Portal (IReV) in real-time.

It also acts as INEC Voter Enrolment Device (IVED) during voter registration, eliminating the need for incident forms during accreditation.

How does BVAS work?

INEC uses BVAS to authenticate and verify voters during accreditation.

It scans the barcode/QR code on the PVC/Voter’s register or informs the last six digits of the Voter Identity Number.

BVAS can also be used as a data capture machine during voter registration. Additionally, APOs (Assistant Presiding Officers) can type in the last name of the voter to begin verification.

With its use, incident forms are no longer needed as it allows for quick and accurate identification of genuine voters without discrepancies.

BVAS has been notably utilized in several elections such as the Isoko South Constituency 1 bye-election in Delta State, in September 2021 and Anambra State Governorship Election in November 2021, although some issues were reported regarding their accuracy with certain demographic groups.

According to experts, these discrepancies could be reduced if regular software updates along with serviceable broadband access was granted to maintain the high functionality of the device and prevent potential disenfranchisement of voters.

As such, ATCON (Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria) have committed to supporting INEC by providing telecommunication infrastructure for nationwide e-transmission of election results via BVAS to IReV and thus ensuring maximum transparency within future elections.

This article was updated 3 months ago

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