THE Independent National ELectoral Commission (INEC) has started uploading some of the results of the Saturday, March 18 governorhip and state assembly elections via the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS).
INEC had promised to upload the results of the election after reconfiguring the BVAS machines which were used during the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
The non use of BVAS for the February 25 election had created confidence crisis for the electoral body, which was heavily criticised by Nigerians and election observers.
Although the Commission cited technical glitches as reason for not using BVAS for result transmission, many critics refused to accept the excuse.
However, the Commission promised to improve and make use of the device in the ongoing election.
The ICIR observed that the result of Ward 001, Polling Unit 039, Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa, was uploaded via BVAS around 1:58 pm.
In the House of Assembly election, the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled six votes while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled 13 votes.
Bayelsa is one of the states where there is no governorship election.
BVAS is a device used to register voters. It accredits voters before voting on election day and is used for transmitting election results to the INEC viewing portal after voting.
Harrison Edeh is a journalist with the International Centre for Investigative Reporting, always determined to drive advocacy for good governance through holding public officials and businesses accountable.