INEC receives materials for Saturday’s election in Abuja


As electorates get set for the chairmanship and councillorship elections in the six area councils of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, on Saturday, sensitive materials that arrived at the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, have been distributed to all 6 Area Councils.

Among sensitive materials received at the FCT Area Council was a Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS).
An Electoral Officer for Gwagwalada Area Council, who pleaded anonymity, confirmed receipt of a sufficient number of BVAS and backup ahead of tomorrow’s Area Council Elections.

The BVAS is a system that will combine fingerprint and face biometrics for the identity verification of voters
As explained by the Electoral Officer, the BVAS integrates the three-stage voting process.
INEC had cleared 478 candidates to contest in the election in the 68 constituencies of the FCT.

The candidates, nominated by 14 political parties, including Nigeria’s ruling APC and the main opposition, PDP, will tomorrow fight for the control of the six area councils in Abuja.

110 of the 478 candidates will contest the chairmanship and vice-chairmanship seats in Bwari, Abaji Gwagwalada, Kuje, Kwali and Abuja Municipal Council (AMAC) while 363 candidates will also jostle for 62 councillorship positions in the FCT.

Only six chairmen and 62 councilors are expected to emerge at the end of the electoral process.



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