Real Reason INEC is Rescheduling Governorship and State Assembly Elections

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The governorship and state assemblies elections, which were initially scheduled for Saturday, have been postponed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) until March 18.

According to INEC, the postponement was necessary to allow for the adequate backing up of data stored on over 176,000 Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machines used for the Presidential and National Assembly elections held on February 25.

INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu
INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu

The BVAS machines must be reconfigured for the governorship and state assembly polls, and the time required for this process is the reason for the postponement. INEC has assured political parties and candidates that the data from the earlier elections will be backed up and available in INEC cloud facilities, including the INEC Results Viewing Portal.

The electoral body has also said it will continue to grant all litigants access to the materials they require to pursue their cases in court. INEC made the decision at its management meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, after the Court of Appeal gave it the go-ahead to reconfigure the BVAS machines.

"We wish to reassure all political parties and candidates that the data from the Presidential and National Assembly elections will be backed up and available in INEC cloud facilities, including the INEC Results Viewing Portal (IReV). Political parties can apply for Certified True Copies of the backend data of the BVAS," the Commission stated.

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