The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has begun a mock accreditation exercise across the country ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The Commission, last week, noted the exercise would hold on February 4 to test the efficacy of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) in preparation for the Presidential and National Assembly elections on February 25, Channels Television reports.

The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, added that the machines used for the mock exercise would be reconfigured in preparation for the main elections.

INEC will be deploying the BVAS machine for the first time in a general election, although the technology has also been deployed in several off-season elections held recently.

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At Majidadi ‘A’ Registration Area in the Bauchi metropolis, electoral officers used the participants’ facial recognition as an option for accreditation, when the BVAS machine failed to recognise their fingerprints.

INEC officials are on the ground monitoring the mock exercise, the report said.

Mock accreditation exercise begins at Majidadi ‘A’ Registration Area in the Bauchi metropolis.