Eligible voters who could not cast their ballots yesterday in the Anambra State governorship election because of technical issues and system failure on the part of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, will be given the opportunity to do so, today.
Contrary to pre-election fears of apathy and violence, there was impressive turnout of voters across and the exercise was peaceful.
However, election officials did not arrive on time at many polling units, and INEC’s accreditation of voters through the Biomodal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS, suffered setbacks in many polling units across the state.
Following complaints from some candidates and leading politicians, INEC has extended voting till Sunday.
The exercise was also extended beyond the closing time of 2.30pm yesterday.
INEC Anambra Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Nkwachukwu Orji, said BVAS failed in many areas because of software breach.
According to him, the extension was, therefore, to enable those who could not cast their votes to do so.
Many polling units experienced the breach, thereby delaying voting process and frustrating eligible voters.
For instance, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, battled to vote for nearly one hour and had to leave the voting arena at some point.
In his Alor ward in Idemili South local government area, the failure rate was up to 30 percent.
Also, the candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, could not cast his vote.
Although there was massive turnout in Isuofia, his home town, Soludo said only 20 persons had voted as of 4.30pm in the area and he elected to wait for all of them to vote before he would vote.
But for the presence of security operatives at the various polling stations, many eligible voters would have protested angrily.
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