The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) met today Thursday 11 November 2021 and conducted a first review of the Anambra Governorate elections. The Commission is awaiting the reports of all the officials lined up for the election for an in-depth review of the trials.
However, after the additional elections in the local government area of Ihiala on Tuesday 9 November 2021 and before the process was concluded, the Commission initiated a preliminary review of the functionality of the systems, in particular of the new bimodal voter accreditation system ( BVAS). The system performed two functions on election day. The first is voter accreditation using both fingerprinting and facial authentication. Secondly, it captures the result sheets at the polling unit level and uploads them in real time to the INEC Results View Portal (IReV). This aspect of the BVAS functionality worked optimally so that by the early hours of Sunday morning, the results of 4,987 (88.5%) out of 5,634 polling stations had been made public. While still in the field, our ICT team responded to the problems identified in voter accreditation and corrected them. Consequently, in the supplementary elections of Ihiala, no incidents of malfunction of the BVAS were reported. We will conduct a thorough review of the system, review accredited observer and media reports, and respond to any challenges identified ahead of the upcoming Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Area Council elections, which will take place on February 12, 2022.
We will test the system once again in the by-elections that may occur before then. The Commission remains convinced that, despite some problems encountered in the Anambra State Governorate elections, the use of technology in elections is better than the best manual process.
PRESENTATION OF RETURN CERTIFICATES
Following the conclusion of the elections and as required by Section 75 of the 2010 Electoral (as amended), the certificates of return will be presented to the Governor-elect and the Deputy Governor-elect tomorrow, Friday 12 November 2021, at our state office in Awka …
The 2021 election of the Anambra State Governorate took place under the most difficult circumstances. Never before has the Commission faced numerous problems prior to an off-season Governorate election, including attacks on our facilities, withdrawals of critical service providers such as ad hoc staff and transporters on the eve of elections, and the general tension that pervaded the atmosphere .. Fortunately, the election went peacefully.
The Commission expresses its gratitude to the security agencies, election officials, political parties and candidates, the National Peace Committee under the leadership of our former Head of State, His Excellency, General Abdulsalami Abubakar GCFR, to the religious and community leaders, socio-cultural associations, civil society organizations and the media for the enormous sacrifice and support in ensuring that the elections are held and concluded peacefully.
We look forward to the support of all Nigerians in the upcoming elections. We will continue to work hard to protect the sanctity of the vote and to conduct free, fair and credible elections everywhere in Nigeria.
We remain firm that only the votes cast by citizens in the polling stations will determine the outcome of the elections.
Festus Okoye Esq National Commissioner and Chair of the Voter Information and Education Committee, Thursday 11 November 2021.