One of the major highlights of the 2022 Electoral Act was the introduction of more technological innovations into the country’s electoral process. These technological innovations are expected to act as plasters to stop the leakages in the democratic process. One of the most prominent innovations in this act is the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, popularly known as BVAS.
BVAS is a modern and innovative approach to conducting secure and efficient elections. This system is a combination of two modes of voter authentication, namely, biometric and manual. The system is designed to cater to voters who either do not possess biometric data or are uncomfortable with the technology.
You might ask, how does the BVAS work? BVAS can be used by either scanning the Permanent Voters Card (PVC) or entering the last six digits of the Voter Identity Number, or the Assistant Presiding Officer (APO 1) to verify and authenticate the voter by inputting their last name in the machine.
The BVAS came with loads of advantages. To supporters, the BVAS is like a superhero. Picture this: A superhero swoops in, preventing a corrupt official from rigging the election. The crowd cheers as the integrity of the process is saved. It’s just like how technological innovations are saving elections in Nigeria, preventing leakages and promoting fair, transparent results. Here are the advantages:
Well, like many things on planet earth, BVAS has its shortcomings.
In conclusion, BVAS is a promising solution for conducting secure and efficient elections. However, like any other technology, it has its advantages and shortcomings. It is up to the election management bodies to weigh the pros and cons of BVAS and decide whether it suits their needs. Regardless, BVAS is a step in the right direction towards modernising the voting process and providing an inclusive environment for all eligible voters.