The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room (NCSSR) has expressed concern over the question of the preservation of data collected during the presidential and National Assembly elections of February 25.
The conveners, NCSSR, Ene Obi, Asma’u Joda and James Ugochukwu, said on Tuesday in Abuja that the coalition would like the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to clarify to the public how it intended to ensure that data collected in the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) used in the election would be preserved for use in the review and audit of the elections.
They said: “Electoral accountability requires that information collected during elections are preserved for use in the audit and review of the election and for accountability purposes. In light of the disputations that have emerged and the controversy surrounding the 2023 general elections.
“Situation Room is asking INEC to ensure that its records and data related to the election are held safely and securely to ensure its use for the purposes of scrutiny and accountability.
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“Reports indicating that the BVAS may need to be reconfigured or even erased for the upcoming state governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections due on Saturday, 11th March 2023 is a serious cause for concern and we worry that this could further pose additional credibility questions over the integrity and conduct of the 2023 general elections.