How INEC BVAS Works — Here’s What You Need To Know

How INEC BVAS Works — Here's What You Need To Know

If you’ve been curious about how INEC BVAS works, this article will explain it to you.

In less than two months, people will be going to the polls to cast their votes in the general election all around the country.

The 2019 presidential election is almost four years old, yet voter misinformation is still a major issue, making some people fear that democracy will be put to the test more than ever next year.

We believe Nigerians will get it right this time thanks to the BVAS machine, which was introduced by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

So how exactly do the BVAS machines that will be utilized in Nigeria’s 2023 general elections operate?

Let’s start by explaining the definition of the BVAS technology to those who are still unfamiliar with it.


The Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) is a technological innovation created to read Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and verify voters using their fingerprints in order to demonstrate their eligibility to cast a ballot at a certain polling place.

In order to verify and authenticate the voter, the Assistant Presiding Officer (APO 1) must either scan the barcode or QR code on the PVC or voter’s register, enter the last six digits of the voter identity number, or type the voter’s last name.

When registering voters, the BVAS also serves as the INEC Voter Enrolment Device (IVED). The use of incident forms during accreditation on election days has also been replaced by its use.

How to operate BVAS during election

In order to explain how the INEC BVAS works, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) created a video on Wednesday for its zonal training.

In the video obtained by MandyNews, participants are shown being taught and demonstrating how to use the BVAS for accreditation of voters using a finger and facial recognition template and exporting accredited data on election day at the ongoing first batch of zonal trainer training (for INEC staff) from the North-East Zone (Adamawa, Bauchi, and Yobe States) in Adamawa State.

  1. Upon receiving the BVAS device, the first thing you should do is obtain your INEC login information.
  2. Once you’ve logged in, move your cursor over to the word “elections” and click it.
  3. When you click the word “eletions,” a new tab will open.
  4. The next action you will take is to obtain the person’s PVC and learn his last name.
  5. If you pick the surname, you can then click on “voters registered.”
  6. Suppose the voter’s last name is Obala, for example. When you type it in and instantly click Accreditation, all of the information about Obala will be displayed from the database.
  7. The following step is for you to click on Obala’s profile to check if his voter card matches the one on the BVAS machine.
  8. The voter card can be verified in two different ways: by photo or by finger print.
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