The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, said it expects 5.4 million voters to vote in the three off-cycle governorship elections slated to be held on November 11, 2023, in Bayelsa, Kogi, and Imo States.
Of the figure, 1.05 million voters are in Bayelsa State, 2.4 million are in Imo State and two million are in Kogi State.
Sam Olumekun, National Commissioner and Chairman of INEC’s Information and Voter Education Committee stated in Abuja that INEC reviewed its preparations for the elections in the three states on Tuesday.
Olumekun assured that electronic copies of the complete register of voters for each state would be given to political parties participating in the elections.
He said: “Sixteen political parties are sponsoring candidates in Bayelsa; 17 political parties are doing the same in Imo, while 18 parties are fielding candidates in Kogi.
“State chairmen of political parties or their representatives are invited to attend the presentation of the registers on October 12 at INEC’s offices in Lokoja, Owerri and Yenagoa at 10 am.”
Olumekun added that INEC had finalised arrangements for mock accreditation of voters in the three states in furtherance of its commitment to deepen the deployment of technology for voter accreditation and result management.
The mock exercise, he explained, would test-run the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System and upload polling unit results to the INEC Result Viewing Portal.
He said: “The exercise will take place simultaneously in the three states on Saturday, October 14 from 8.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.
“The list of designated polling units for each state has already been uploaded to INEC’s website and social media platforms.
“Lessons learnt from the mock 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.”
Olumekun appealed to registered voters in the selected polling units to turn up with their Permanent Voter Cards for the mock exercise.
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