By Jimmy Jackson
The Independent National Electorial Commission (INEC), Cross River State has debunk an online post that Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machines in the state was moved into the governor’s lodge.
Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof. Gabriel Yomere in a press release explained that the commission went into physical counting of all the 3,281 BVAS sent to Cross River State in the presence of security agencies and confirmed that none was missing.
“The information is a deliberate falsehood by mischief makers intended to mislead the public and unduly ignite anxiety. Cross Riverians and members of the general republic are enjoined to ignore the information as the number of BVAS deployed from INEC headquarters to Cross River State Office is intact and adequately secured.
“INEC Cross River State Office cautions all citizens against circulating fake news capable of heating up the polity and undermining the neutrality and integrity of the Commission.
“While assuring the public of its readiness to conduct free, fair and credible elections come February 25th and March 11th 2023, the Commission has alerted relevant security agencies to investigate and unravel the source of the fake news.” The statement added
IPAC walkout over failures to inspect BVAS
Meanwhile, the Inter-Party Advisory Council of Nigeria, Cross River Chapter led by Mr. Anthony Bisong staged a walkout during the press briefing at INEC Press Center, expressing sadness over their inability to be part of the inspection of the BVAS machines at INEC office.
Reacting, the REC, informed the press that BVAS is not for public consumption as the inspection and counting was done with the commission staff and other security agencies.
He therefore called on members of the public to go and pick up their PVCs in readiness for the general elections with assurances that there will never be any compromise from the Commission.