The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it would organise a mock accreditation exercise in 27 polling units (PUs) across Bayelsa, Kogi and Imo states where off-circle governorship elections are scheduled for November 11 this year.
The national commissioner, Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC) of INEC, Sam Olumekun, said this yesterday in a statement in Abuja.
The exercise which is to conduct a test run of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) ahead of the election would be conducted in the three states on Saturday, October 14, 2023.
He said the exercise would take place simultaneously in a maximum of three PUs per senatorial district across the three states.
“The commission met today; September 25th, 2023, and, among other issues, reviewed the preparations for the forthcoming off-cycle governorship elections in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi states scheduled for November 11th, 2023.
“As was the case in recent off-cycle governorship elections, the commission will conduct a mock accreditation using the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) and upload polling units’ results to the INEC Result Viewing Portal (IReV).
“The test run will take place simultaneously in the three states on October 14th, 2023, from 8.30 am to 2.30 pm.
“A maximum of three polling units in each senatorial district have been identified across each of the three states, covering a total of nine senatorial districts and 27 polling units. Lessons learnt from the exercise will be taken into consideration in ensuring a seamless process on election day,” Olumekun said.