The much anticipated Anambra State Governorship election has finally seen its day today, the 6th of November 2021 as the people in the State came out of their respective homes to decide who take the baton of leadership from Governor Willie Obiano who is expected to round up his second tenure in office by 2022.
However, the electoral body has indeed tried its best to conduct the election after days of preparations cum tension in the State. As the people of Anambra witnessed their gubernatorial election today, here are three things that happened during the election exercise.
1• The election was done in a peaceful atmosphere
It remained a surprise to some Nigerian that despite the security tension in Anambra State, the citizens in the State who are eligible to vote came out in numbers to elect their next governor.
Although an earlier report explained that the election was delayed in some polling units due to logistics challenges, however, other polling units saw the electorates cast their votes in peace and the numbers counted.
2• The newly introduced BVAS errors Dr Chris Ngige’ s identity after several minutes of trial
The INEC’ s latest innovation into the electoral process, the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System machine, often shortened as BVAS failed to capture the identity of Minister for Labour and employment, Chris Ngige, after several minutes on the stand, in his polling unit, idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State.
It was said that the minister was displeased over the incident and had to wait after over 15 trials in an hour. It’ s important to note that BVAS is INEC’ s innovation to promote transparency in our electoral process.
3• Voting continues on Sunday as the electoral commission in the State extends voting by one hour
The INEC was reported to have added time to the initial time of voting exercise in the gubernatorial poll in Anambra State. Although it remained unclear why the time added was necessary however it could be due to technical failure experienced in polling units in the State, it was reported in the early hours that some of the INEC’ s Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) had an issue and couldn’ t use properly l during the election.
According to reports, the Resident Electoral Commissioner for INEC in Anambra State, Dr Nkwachukwu Orji has declared the extension of voting by one hour, from the earlier 2: 30 pm to 3: 30 pm. ” Voting will continue on Sunday, ” he added.