Group identifies 99% compliance with INEC BVAS

The Centre for Democracy and Development, a political research tank, presented a preliminary assessment on the Osun State gubernatorial election on Saturday, identifying the availability and usage of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System in practically all polling units in the state.

According to the report, the organization also noticed early arrival of personnel from the Independent National Electoral Commission and the start of voting in polling stations around 8:30 a.m.

Prof. Adele Jinadu, Chairman of the CDD Election Analysis Centre, mentioned this while delivering the findings on the Osun gubernatorial election in Abuja.

According to him, the organization deployed 300 trained and accredited observers, and data showed that critical election materials such as ballot papers, BVAS devices, results’ sheets, ballot boxes, and the voter register were available in at least 92 percent of polling units observed, a significant improvement over the 83 percent recorded in Ekiti.

“(The) CDD-EAC observes that the Independent National Electoral Commission made certain efforts to fix some of the inadequacies highlighted in the gubernatorial election in Ekiti State last month,” he added. INEC has integrated officials from the National Union of Road Transport Workers in the INEC situation room in Osogbo to assist with staff deployment and voting material transit difficulties.

“The commission also conducted simulated accreditation activities in Osogbo, Borife, Ede, and Egbedore to assess the preparation of the trained employees and the BVAS’s effectiveness.”

“The INEC mock accreditation exercise to ensure the readiness of the 5,306 BVAS machines appears to have worked, with CDD-EAC officials noting that there was a BVAS machine and compliance in 99 percent of the polling units visited, with two polling units in Ife Central and Irepodun reporting the absence of BVAS machines at 9:30am.”

In addition, the organization noticed recorded examples of political party agents campaigning and canvassing for votes near voting units in 14 LGAs, accounting for 9.6 percent of the polling units monitored.

“These behaviors, which violate the requirements of the Electoral Act 2022, were largely recorded by observers in Ife Central, Odo Otin, Osogbo, Oriade, and Irepodun,” according to the study. The CDD-EAC observers also reported seeing unremoved campaign posters at certain polling places, at the same time as political party representatives were openly canvassing for votes.

“For the July 16, Osun State Governorship election, the CDD-EAC False News Hub has been actively monitoring online and offline places with the goal of tracking and fact-checking fake news and disinformation.” Partisan actors are using false news items, misleading picture captions, and the distribution of dead web links to confuse voters or perhaps suppress the vote in places where the political opposition is thought to have some strength.

“The CDD-EAC fact-checkers have also recorded political players’ assertions and counter-claims about charges of vote-buying.”

“The CDD-EAC fact-checkers have been working to independently fact-check online and offline falsehoods capable of damaging voter trust using online tools and a variety of verification approaches.” The allegation that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Ademola Adeleke, had been dismissed by a court was one of the biggest false news stories that started circulating as voters went to the polls this morning. This claim was confirmed and determined to be false by CDD-EAC fact-checkers. The CDD-EAC fact-checkers also discovered a report that one of the main opposition parties’ candidates demanded that people sign an oath that they had voted for him before he would pay them.

“The CDD-EAC fact-checkers discovered nothing on the distributed photograph to support the assertion.” Our fact-checkers also highlighted that the photograph used to support the allegation was taken while the candidate was casting his vote.”

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