Following several complications which were encountered during the Anambra gubernatorial election on the 6th of November, the result of the said electon is still inconclusive as the INEC investigates the cause of the BVAS malfunctioning during the voting process.
Meanwhile, the Saturday voting exercise was accompanied by several problems from different areas. Ranging from the unavailability of some INEC officials to the malfunctioning of the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS). While the election was scheduled to hold as early as 8: 00 am, the INEC ad- hoc staff were reportedly said to be absent on duty post, while others came late as voters were already queued up for the casting of their votes.
The BVAS device which was used to enhance the voting process developed a fault in some voting units. Hence, making voting exercises not to hold in some places. Reacting to this situation, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Nkwachukwu Orji noted that the commission’ s technicians are already on the issue, adding that an update is already been built for the software.
Also, he noted that the commission would commence proper investigation on the reason why the BVAS device, refused to function in some certain polling units. Meanwhile, Dr. Nwachukwu made this known on Saturday, when he was briefing the press at the commission’ s headquarters in Awka, the state capital, on Saturday.
According to him, all the polling units which encountered any complication during Saturday’ s s voting exercise would be given a second chance to conduct the voting on Sunday. ” In line with existing regulations and guidelines of the commission, any intending voter who is in the queue by 4 pm shall be allowed to vote. All Polling Units staff must comply with this directive.
The time extension arose out of several field reports that voters had problems with accreditation. The commission is currently investigating the reason the accreditation devices, Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, worked perfectly in some polling units but not in others. In some of the cases, it would seem that this resulted from software glitches. Our technicians have already built an update for the device software to prevent further challenges.
The update is currently being installed in the concerned BVAS and we request voters, candidates, and agents to be patient and allow our technical staff to solve the problem. The commission wishes to reiterate that in cases of sustained malfunction of the BVAS, the Presiding Officer must inform the voters and polling agents that accreditation and voting for the affected polling unit shall continue tomorrow or at another time determined by the commission, ” he said.