The All Progressives Congress, APC, has spoken out against the deployment of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS, and the INEC Results Viewing Portal, IReV, arguing that Nigeria is not yet ready for such technology.
Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the APC’s National Chairman, made this assertion to a delegation from the Commonwealth Election Observation Mission on Wednesday.
Recall that there were rumours of a plot to depose Professor Mahmood, the INEC chairman, because of his emphasis on using technology to improve the integrity of the voting process.
However, Adamu claimed that the country lacks the necessary telecommunications infrastructure to use the system.
He said, “Our concern is how ready are we to deploy some of these technologies as regards transmission.
“To transmit results, every part of the nation Nigeria, I’m not sure that the network covers it. I know that even in parts of Abuja, there is no network, and we have from now till February when in substantial parts of the country, there is no electricity.”
Adamu noted that the INEC must reassure his party that they are fully prepared.
Ambassador Suleiman Argungu, the party’s National Organising Secretary, also spoke at the delegation and agreed with Senator Adamu.
He stated that, aside from the issue of unstable electricity, some communities and villages bordering other countries, such as in Kebbi State, were unable to connect to Nigerian networks, including Glo, MTN, and Airtel, during the previous elections.
“If you want to get them, you have to use the number of the other countries to reach them. So, during the election, I don’t see how the transmission of results will work,” he said.
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