~ Assures free fair, credible polls, real time display of result
The newly posted Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Adamawa State, Barr. Hudu Yunusa Ari has assured the people of his avowed stance to ensure free, fair and credible polls in 2023.
Ari who made the revelation during a press conference in Yola on Friday noted that his commission has recieved 4,104 Bimodal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) to enhance the credibility of the polls across the 4,104 polling units in the state.
He also assured the people of the state that election will be displayed in real time via the INEC Result viewing portal (IRev) to enhance the credibility of the polls.
“As you are aware activities for the 2023 General Elections had commenced and we have made a tremendous progress in our bid to conduct a free, fair, credible and acceptable elections come 25th February, 2023 and 11th march, 2023 in the State.
“Today it is exactly 99 days to the dates for the 2023 General Elections Adamawa State has 21 LGAs, 226 Registration Areas (RAs) and 4,104 Polling Units. The Commission is poised to conduct a successful election in all the 40 Constituencies in the State (made up of 1 Governorship, 3 Senate, 12 House of Representatives and 24 State Assembly).
“In terms of our preparedness, we had engagements with a good number of Stakeholders in the State and we are still engaging with more. Amongst the groups we engaged are the Political Parties, Security Agencies, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Media, PWDs, Faith Based Organisations (FBOs), Community Based Organisations (CBOs), Youth Organisations, Women groups, MDAs, etc.
“We also intend in the coming weeks ahead to engage with Traditional Rulers and other critical Stakeholders. As part of the Commission’s commitment to use technology to support credible and transparent accreditation process in the 2023 General Elections, we have taken delivery of 4,104 Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) for the state.
“The BVAS shall be used during the 2023 polls and the INEC Result viewing Portal (IRev) for upload of polling unit results for citizens to view in real- time on Election Day.
“In the coming weeks ahead Adamawa state will the North East Zonal Technology training in Elections for the 6 States in the zones as from 28th November, 2022 to 4th December, 2022 which shall hold in batches.
“We have started taking delivery of non- sensitive materials in the state from the Commission’s zonal store in Gombe and this shall continue until we have taken all the materials needed for the elections.
“As you might be aware PVC collections has been ongoing in the State since we ended the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise in the State. The PVCs are in our 21 LGAs offices in the State. I wish to state that the collection performance in the state is very poor and hereby want to seize this opportunity to call on all those that registered prior to the 2019 General elections, or have registered freshly during the CVR periods (2021-2022) and those that updated their records or made transfers to visit our 21 LGA offices with their TVCs and collect their PVCs.
“The Commission shall deliver all outstanding PVCs by November, 2022 ending. Campaigns by Political Parties and Candidates had commenced in the State. May I call on the candidates and Political Parties to conduct themselves peacefully during the 150 days as provided in the law. Campaigns should be issue based and no name calling, provocations, violence, thuggery, used of armed militia, masquerades and no campaigns in places of worships and public offices such as police stations, offices etc.
“I wish to state that we have met with the leadership of the Political Parties in the State and have agreed to sign a Peace Accord for all the Gubernatorial Candidates in the state and Gentlemen of the Press shall be informed of the date in the coming week ahead.
“Also, closely related with the Campaigns, our officials will be tracking campaign finances as provided for in the Electoral Act 2022. We have conducted and cascaded various training for our staff to adequately prepare them for the conduct of 2023 General Elections.
“Worthy of mention were the 2 Zonal Workshops held in Adamawa State for Voter Education Providers and Voter Education Desk Officers (VEDOs) and LGTOs for the North East Zone. The Commission in the State had also published first batch of INECPRES list of Adhoc Staff in all the 21 LGAs and applicants were advised to check their names and the necessary documentation preparatory to the training of the Adhoc-Staff for the 2023 General Elections.
“All interested persons are again advice to visit all our 21 LGA offices for further enquiries on the recruitment process. The INEC Portal for the 2023 Adhoc- staff is still active up to 14th December, 2022.The Commission will further engage Stakeholders on the conduct of IDP Voting in the State.
“As you are aware, Madagali, Yola South and Fufore LGAs would be involved in the process. The Commission has reviewed and revalidated the framework on IDP Voting and in our next Stakeholders and ICCES meeting we shall discuss extensively on the issue.
“Finally, as you might be aware, we are currently displaying the Preliminary Register of Voters (PRV) nationwide. The exercise commenced on 12th November, 2022 to 28th November, 2022.
“Claims and Objections will be attended to at the Registration Areas (RAs/Wards) as from 12th – 18th November, 2022. Whereas, on the 19th – 28th November, 2022, Claims and Objections shall be carried out at our respective LGA offices.Distinguished Gentlemen of the Press, I thank you for your audience,” he said.