Election Featured National News

IPAC Condemns Alleged Plans To Stop Use Of BVAS In 2023 Elections

The Inter Party Advisory Council, IPAC, has condemned the antics and smear campaign by some politicians against the leadership of INEC in a bid to pressurise the Commission into deactivating the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS in the forthcoming elections.
 
IPAC National Chairman, Yabagi Yusuf Sani stated this at a media conference in Abuja.

Yusuf-Sani reaffirmed a vote of confidence on the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), especially on the use of the BVAS machine and electronic transmission of results in the 2023 elections.

Represented by the IPAC National Secretary, Alhaji Yusuf Mamman Dantalle, Yusuf Sani expressed satisfaction with the preparations and measures taken so far by the electoral Umpire to conduct free, fair, credible and peaceful elections.

“On the basis of IPAC evaluation, INEC has been well on track, adding that those desperate to compromise the elections will fail” Yusuf-Sani added.

IPAC National Chairman who explained that several attempts have been made to remove the INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu from office because of his determination to conduct credible elections stressed that the BVAS was intended to authenticate PVC’s, fingerprints, faces of voters and to replace the Z-pad for uploading polling unit results to the INEC Result Viewing Portal, IReV.

He commended the Judiciary for upholding the rule of law for it judgement that quashed the frivolous, unsubstantiated and baseless allegations the INEC Chairman by political hirelings and their sponsors kicking against free and fair elections.
 
“The spurious allegations they are orchestrating especially in the online platforms are part of the strategies to prepare the grounds for their planned onslaught to achieve their nefarious goal within legal frameworks. it is also aimed at blackmailing and intimidating Professor Mahmoud Yakubu to surrender by compromising the stance of the Commission on the strident, airtight security measures against the maladies of rigging and other electoral malpractices that had perennially tarnished the integrity of elections in the country in the past” he stressed.
 
“However, we believe that they will not have their way no matter their desperation and whatever their pranks and machinations. The use of technology in the conduct of elections in Nigeria has become sacrosanct.

Every player in the country’s power game must come to terms with the new reality that, they can no longer rig elections brazenly and with impunity”

Some of the 18 Political Parties Chairmen that under the umbrella body of the IPAC, who took turn to brief the media urged the security agencies to be proactive and ensure adequate protection of lives and property before, during and after the elections adding that the heightened politically motivated killings and attacks are worrisome and should stop to enable citizens discharge their civic rights.

The parties Chairmen who warned the reactionary force working against the use of BVAS in the elections to desist from truncating the nation’s emerging democracy promised to resist any attempt to jeopardize the ongoing electoral process.

The Chairmen who stressed that National interest supersedes primordial interests noted that Nigerians are in support of INEC’s efforts to sanitize the nation’s electoral process and conduct credible elections that will reflect the will and mandate of the people.

They therefore appealed to Nigerians to collect their PVC’s and for vote candidates of their choice adding that the 2023 elections is a defining moment for Nigerians to choose new leaders that will be determined by the competence, credibility and integrity.

IPAC promised to continue its roles in consolidating and deepening the nation’s democracy by ensuring an environment conducive for successful elections, political stability, enduring democracy and overall wellbeing of Nigerians.

By Georgina Humphrey,Edited by Grace Namiji

Related posts

State Chairmen Of APC Sworn – In

wada

Philanthropist Donates Dialysis Machine To AKTH

wada

Post-Election Calm Prevails In Beirut’s Divided Neighbourhoods

Nwabueze

Leave a Comment