Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has guaranteed the Nigerian electorate that Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machines were not kept in the facilities recently attacked and burnt by political thugs.
This was made known by the INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of the Committee on Voter Education and Publicity, Mr Festus Okoye, during Channels Television’s Roadmap 2023 on Sunday.
He also made it known that other sensitive materials that would be used in conducting the 2023 general elections are secure and safe.
Okoye reiterated that the commission would conduct the 2023 general elections despite attacks on its facilities.
INEC had lamented the spate of attacks by hoodlums, putting the number of affected offices at 50, across 21 states.
While speaking yesterday, Okoye said sensitive materials to be deployed for next year’s polls were not in the facilities recently attacked.
“I just want to assure the nation that our sensitive materials are not in any of these places where these attacks have occurred.
“We have secured the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) and other sensitive materials that will be used in the conduct of this election. Those materials are not in any of these facilities that are being attacked,” Okoye said.
He also said security had been beefed up in INEC offices across the 36 states of the federation and Abuja stressing that security agencies are also protecting strategic INEC offices in local councils in the states.
The INEC chief explained that the commission would replace damaged equipment as soon as possible following the attacks.