In the build-up to the general election of 2023, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu has promised that the election umpire will ensure that the outcomes of elections are decided by votes.
Making this promise while speaking at the sixth edition of the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers, the INEC Chairman restated the commission’s promise towards ensuring that it delivers a free fair and credible election come 2023.
Yakubu said: “I wish to restate once again the commitment of INEC to credible elections. Votes will continue to count and will be the sole determinant of electoral outcome.
“For this reason, the Commission has introduced many new innovations, supported by the deployment of appropriate technology, to protect the sanctity of the choice made by Nigerians at the polls ranging from voter registration to voter accreditation and result management.
“The deployment of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) with its dual fingerprint and facial biometric accreditation process has ensured that only genuine voters are accredited to vote during election.
“This has curtailed the incidence of multiple voting and other sharp practices associated with voter accreditation during elections.”