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2023 Polls: Most transparent, credible – Information minister, Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has referred to the 2023 elections as one of the most credible and transparent ones in the history of Nigeria.

The minister made this revelation on Saturday March 18 in his home town, Oro, near Ilorin Kwara while addressing newsmen after casting his vote.

The minister cast his vote around 9.45 a.m. at Polling Unit 006, Oro Ward 2 in Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State.

He described the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) as a game changer meant to address the issues of multiple accreditations, voting and rigging.

“With what I have observed both in the February 25 and today’s elections, there has been a remarkable improvement in the performance of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

“Without any doubt, the introduction of BVAS has been a game changer in the sense that with BVAS, you are able to get the actual number of people who are accredited.

“Also with BVAS, it is now not possible for you to vote twice because your biometric and facial are captured.

“That explained why though INEC said there were 84 million voters in Nigeria, the last election showed that only about 24 million people cast their votes,’’ he said.

He said, the electoral law has no recognition for electronic voting while the verdict of the federal high court in Abuja empowers INEC to determine the how it would collate and transmit election results.

He said he was excited to know that aggrieved parties in the last presidential election have approached the court.

“What we noticed is that some media houses had taken position for one candidate and this makes rubbish of most of the analysis we see on their platforms,’’ he said.

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