The candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance in today’s governorship election in Anambra State, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, has lamented the glitches caused by the Biometric Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) device.
Soludo who was yet to cast his vote as at 12:30pm due to the glitches described the BVAS device deployed for the election by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) as a complete failure.
Speaking to newsmen while on the queue to get captured, the APGA candidate said, “The fundamental point is that this BVAS technology of a thing is a complete failure so far, if it is going to be rectified, that will be in minutes or hours to come and 12:30 in the day voting is yet to start in most of the polling units in the state, and then for the few places where they are done, technology I understand has to take seconds to accredit someone, takes 20 minutes, some 30, some 5 and so on.
Soludo also complained of inadequacy of INEC staff to man polling units.
“There is hardly any ward there INEC officials in all the polling units. In fact there is one at Uke that there are supposed to be 17 polling units but it is in only 5 that you have INEC officials,” he said.
The former Central Bank of Nigeria governor, however, appealed to his supporters to be patient as INEC had assured that the technology would work.
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“They told us it is going to work and I am patient and I would wait let them fix it, but whenever the machine begins to work let’s make sure we cast our votes.”
He also appealed to INEC to fix the technology as it still does not work as at the time.
The BVAS technology the INEC deployed for this election has been a major issue in most polling units in the state.
After taking long period to cast his vote, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Valentine Ozigbo, asked INEC to extend the voting period due to the delay the technology glitch had caused.
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