The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it will conduct a mock accreditation exercise on the 4th of February, 2023.
Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman disclosed this on Friday, January 27, 2023, at a meeting with the resident electoral commissioners (RECs) at the INEC headquarters, in Abuja.
The commission said the exercise will take place at 436 polling units across the country.
Yakubu said INEC is ready to conduct field tests with actual voters, having delivered and tested the bimodal voter accreditation system (BVAS) machines.
“For this reason, and in readiness for nationwide deployment, the commission is conducting a mock accreditation of voters similar to what was done ahead of the recent Ekiti and Osun State governorship elections,” he said.
“The mock accreditation will hold on Saturday 4th February 2023 in 436 polling units nationwide. Twelve polling units have been designated in each state of the federation and four in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on the equality of the country’s 109 Senatorial Districts for the exercise.
“A comprehensive list of the polling units, including their names and PU Code numbers, as well as their distribution by state, senatorial district, local government and registration area (Ward) will be uploaded to the commission’s website shortly.”
Yakubu, therefore, appealed to registered voters in the affected polling units to appear on the scheduled date with their PVCs for the mock exercise.
“Doing so will help to reassure the public of the robustness of our system and to strengthen our processes ahead of the general election,” he said.
“Civil society organisations, the media and the general public are welcome to observe the process. At the end of the exercise, the 436 BVAS machines involved will be reconfigured before they are deployed for the general election.”