The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has stated that it has a system in place that deactivates a Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) device if snatched during the upcoming elections. This was revealed during an interview on Wednesday by Lawrence Bayode, INEC, Deputy Director of Information and Communication Technology where he stated that a snatched BVAS device would be deactivated to prevent any unauthorized access.
He said, “If a BVAS device is snatched, we already have a system in place that can deactivate that particular BVAS device.
“We deactivate it so that whoever snatches the device will not be able to do anything with the device because the device pushes the accreditation data automatically on its own, even without the operator pushing a button. When it is idle, it pushes that accreditation data to the backend.”
According to him, if election riggers grab a BVAS device with the aim of manipulating the data on the device, then the Polling Unit Officer (PO) of the affected polling unit is expected to report the incident.
He said, “If such a thing happens, the PO reports from the backend, that the device is deactivated so that the person who took away that device will not be able to do anything with the device.
“If the PO can’t report immediately, the person who took the device will not be able to do anything with the device.”