The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has extended voting in the Anambra State governorship election till Sunday November 7.
INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner Nwachukwu Orji at a media briefing in Awka said the extension follows non-functionality of the newly introduced Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) in some polling units.
Orji, also sighted that logistic challenges adversely affected the deployment of materials and staff for the election.
According to the REC, “The extension of time was due to several field reports technical hitches with voter accreditation.
“The Commission is currently investigating the reason the accreditation devices, BVAS have 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 to the devise 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 resolve the problem.
Our deployment has also been adversely affected by transportation challenges in some locations.
“It must be noted that on account of security concerns, some of the transporters that were mobilized and collected 50% 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 on a case by case basis.
“Consequently, we are harvesting areas where voting will realistically no longer take place today, including places where substantial disruption has occurred, to enable a possible recommencement of voting at another time, in line with extant laws and the regulations and guidelines of the Commission.”