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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has delivered the list of 5,409,438 registered voters who will cast their ballots in the upcoming gubernatorial election on November 11 in Bayelsa, Kogi, and Imo states to the political parties.
According to the voter registration data, Imo accounts for 2,419,922 registered voters, while Kogi and Bayelsa have 1,932,654 and 1,056,862 registered voters, respectively.
Following a comprehensive review of its preparations for the off-cycle elections scheduled for next month in the respective states, the commission announced during a meeting in Abuja on Tuesday that 16 political parties are supporting candidates in Bayelsa State, 17 in Imo State, and all 18 parties in Kogi State.
The Timetable and Schedule of Activities specify that soft copies of the full voter register for each state will be delivered to the political parties involved in the elections.
The event, set to happen at the commission’s state headquarters in Lokoja, Owerri, and Yenagoa on Thursday, October 12, 2023, at 10:00 am, invites state chairmen of political parties or their designated representatives to attend.
In line with its commitment to furthering the use of technology for voter accreditation and result management, the commission has confirmed the completion of preparations for a mock voter accreditation process in the three states.
This will serve as a trial for the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) and the uploading of polling unit results to the INEC Result Viewing Portal (IReV).
The exercise is slated to occur simultaneously in the three states on Saturday, October 14, 2023, during the hours of 8:30 am to 2:30 pm.
‘The list of designated polling units for each State has already been uploaded to our website and social media platforms.’
‘Lessons learnt from the exercise will be taken into consideration to ensure the seamless deployment of both the BVAS and IReV on Election Day. This is strictly a test-run and not the actual election.’
‘Once again, the Commission appeals to registered voters in the selected polling units to turn up with their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) for the exercise’ a statement by Sam Olumekun, National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee said.