The Nigeria Computer Society claims the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System used to conduct the presidential and National Assembly elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission, on February 25, achieved its aim.
According to the body, the BVAS performed its role during the election as an accreditation device, which was developed to ensure that only accredited voters can vote during an election.
In an exclusive interview with The PUNCH, the president of the society, Professor Adesina Sodiya, explained that a close look at the election reveals that unlike before, there were no cases of incidence form compared to when the commission was using card readers.
The NCS boss identified that the BVAS did its work of accreditation, however, the issue the electoral umpire had was with the transmission of results live on its portal as promised.
Sodiya said, “Tech is good, but if you do not follow the right process, and do all the necessary things, you might not achieve your aim.”
“If you examine the election, you will notice we are not discussing incidences of over-voting. Also, the device was able to remove the issue of using incidence forms. In the past, when we were using card readers, people that could not thumbprint had to fill out incidence forms. Politicians used incidence forms to do a lot of things.
“One good thing about this year’s election has been accreditation. When we were using card readers, accreditation and voting could not happen simultaneously. First people would get accredited, then wait until they can vote. But during this election, voters could vote immediately after accreditation.
“In that regard, BVAS achieved its aim. The issue we had with the election was with the transmission of results, i.e., from the polling unit to INEC’s result viewing portal.
“Some of the polling officers and corps members that could not complete the transmission of results in their various polling units came to the LGA and they were trying to transmit those results. The issue was with the transmission of results.
“We tried to meet with INEC before the elections. We were able to meet with INEC, but not with the chairman. We gave the commission about 16 recommendations on what they need to do towards the elections. After submitting our proposal to INEC, we did not hear from them again.
“One of our proposals was to serve as technology observers. We asked to monitor how the tech will be used and see how we can assist in ensuring that BVAS and the transmission of results were done effectively and efficiently. But nothing was done before the elections.
“Some of the things we mentioned in our proposal had to do with testing for efficiency, penetration testing of the system, vulnerability analysis, ensuring that the platform was robust and ensuring that they conduct trial elections.”