The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Nigeria has announced that it will conduct a mock accreditation of voters for the forthcoming off-cycle Governorship elections in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi States.
The test run will take place simultaneously in the three states on Saturday 14th October 2023 from 8.30am to 2.30pm, using the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) and upload of polling units results to the INEC Result Viewing Portal (IReV).
A maximum of three polling units in each Senatorial District have been identified across each of the three states, covering a total of nine Senatorial District and 27 polling units.
A statement signed by a National Commissioner and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee Sam Olumekun on Monday said the exercise is aimed at ensuring a seamless process on Election Day and lessons learnt from the exercise will be taken into consideration.
The Commission is appealing to registered voters in the selected polling units to turn up with their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) for the exercise.
The statement goes on to say the process is strictly a test accreditation exercise and not the actual election.