Due to a breakdown of the Bimodal Accreditation System (BVAS), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has extended voting in the Anambra governorship election till Sunday, allowing voters who were unable to vote earlier in the day to do so.
At a press conference held at the INEC headquarters in Awka on Saturday, Dr Nkwachukwu Orji, the state’ s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), announced the extention move of the state’ s elections.
As a result of the system’ s failure, he explained, the step became necessary to allow more, if not all, qualified voters to exercise their right to vote in the areas affected by this failure.
He claimed that software issues were to blame for the BVAS’ s breakdown.
Dr. Nkwachukwu stated that the commission was already working on a solution to the situation.
” In line with existing regulations and guidelines of the Commission, any intending voter who is on the queue by 4. 00 pm shall be allowed to vote.
” The extension of time arose out of several field reports that voters have had problems with accreditation.
” The Commission is currently investigating the reason the accreditation devices, Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), have worked perfectly in some Polling Units, but not in others.
” In cases of malfunction of the BVAS, the Presiding Officer must inform the voters and polling agents that accreditation and voting shall continue tomorrow or at another time determined by the Commission, ” he said.
In addition, he stated that deployment was hampered in some areas due to transportation difficulties.
” It must be noted that on account of security concerns, some of the transporters that were mobilized and collected 50 per cent of their sign- on fee backed out at the last moment, leaving some of our ad- hoc staff stranded.
” Also, some of the trained ad- hoc staff backed out at the last moment. The Commission is on top of these challenges and extant regulations and guidelines will be applied, ” he said.