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Election officers in Nigeria perform mock assessments forward of polls

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Election officers in Nigeria on Saturday staged mock biometric accreditation for voters forward of this month’s presidential and parliamentary elections.

The nation goes to the polls on 25 February to elect a successor to President Muhammadu Buhari.

State governors and lawmakers might be elected two weeks later.

To make sure equity and transparency of the electoral course of, the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) launched a voter accreditation system at 2015 and 2019 polls.

After a variety of technical issues INEC determine to check the system out in Lagos. 

Olusegun Agbaje is a Lagos State Electoral Commissioner.  

“That is simply to check that the BVAS is working,” he says. “We’re capable of know that and that the job of BVAS is simply to accredit folks both facially or by means of their thumb printing, if you happen to can’t do the thumb print, nicely then we carry out the facial to allow us to know that you’re the unique proprietor of that card you might be bringing and that card additionally was issued by INEC.

President Buhuari will step down after two phrases; the utmost permitted below the structure. Officers are eager for the election to run easily.  

Salami Najeem is a civil servant.  

“Once I heard folks ringing the bell that each particular person, the eligible voters, that they need to come out and do the mock accreditation,” he says. ” I needed to go and choose my card and when, I got here out I didn’t spend a single minute earlier than I used to be accredited and that may be a superb rating mark on the a part of INEC.”

Some voters have been excited concerning the train and had their biometrics taken by INEC officers to assist enhance preparations for the final elections.

Former Lagos governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress, ex-vice president Atiku Abubakar of the primary opposition Peoples Democratic Celebration and ex-governor of southeastern Anambra state Peter Obi of Labour Celebration are the frontrunners.