Prior to the state’s governorship election on July 16, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) started a two-day mock accreditation in Osun on Monday.
When using the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machines, some correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) who visited a few polling places in the Osun Central Senatorial District say that the process was smooth, quick, and error-free.
Registered voters who showed up for the mock accreditation exercise at Polling Unit 5 at Salvation Army School in Osogbo were quickly greeted and accredited within 20 to 45 seconds.
With the aid of BVAS equipment, the voters’ fingerprints or faces were recognized to complete the accreditation process.
Under the condition of anonymity, an INEC representative from Abuja told NAN that the polling place had 1, 256 registered voters.
The official claims that most of them showed there when the exercise began at 8:00 a.m.
“We pasted the registered voters’ list for people to check for their names and copy out their number on the list, which we searched on the BVAS.
“The BVAS already has the names of registered voters at this unit programmed on it.
“So, using their number makes the accreditation process faster, and in less than 30 seconds, we are done with a voter,” the official said
Similar to this, there was a respectable number of voters for the mock accreditation at the Osogbo polling location for CAC Grammar School.
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Political party representatives were present at the polling place and could be seen contacting their supporters to encourage them to turn out and take part in the election.
Anthony Itodo, an INEC technical officer who talked with a NAN correspondent, predicted that the accreditation process, which began at 8:00 a.m., will wrap up by 2:30 p.m.
Mr. Itodo indicated that 12 voters had already been accredited, and that 62 voters were enrolled at the voting location.
Voters were also observed receiving accreditation from INEC officials at Olorunsogo Community Primary School, which has two voting units—Unit 12 and Unit 1—in the state’s Egbedore Local Government Area.
The accreditation will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., according to INEC official Bose Aderogba, who spoke about the procedure. This will ensure that everyone who arrives is catered to.
According to Mrs. Aderogba, there were 57 registered voters in the first voting unit 12 and 2,195 in the first polling unit.
NAN noted that the process at the polling places went off without a hitch.
The fake accreditation exercise, according to NAN, will be held between Monday and Tuesday in six local government areas and two registration areas/wards throughout the state’s three senatorial districts.