The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday, said it would conduct a mock accreditation on 14 October 2023 in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi states.
The Commission had scheduled the off-cycle elections for 11 November 2023.
INEC, in a statement signed by its National Commissioner & Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Sam Olumekun, stated that the mock accreditation would include using the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System and uploading polling unit results to the INEC Result Viewing Portal.
The Commission said, “The Commission met today Monday 25th September 2023, and, among other issues, reviewed the preparations for the forthcoming off-cycle Governorship elections in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi States scheduled for Saturday 11th November 2023.
“As was the case in recent off-cycle Governorship elections, the Commission will conduct a mock accreditation using the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System and upload polling unit results to the INEC Result Viewing Portal.
“The test run will take place simultaneously in the three States on Saturday 14th October 2023 from 8.30 am to 2.30 pm.
“A maximum of three polling units in each Senatorial District have been identified across each of the three States, covering a total of nine Senatorial Districts and 27 polling units.”
It further stated that lessons learned from the exercise would be taken into consideration in ensuring a seamless process on Election Day.
“Full details of the polling units, including their locations by Local Government Area, Registration Area/Ward, Delimitation Code, and number of registered voters have been uploaded to our website and social media platforms.
“The Commission appeals to registered voters in the selected polling units to turn up with their Permanent Voters’ Cards for the exercise.
“The public is advised that this is strictly a test accreditation exercise and not the actual election,” INEC added
The collection of Permanent Voter Cards commenced on 11 September 2023 and will end on 9 October 2023.