The breakdown of the Biometric Voters Accreditation System machine caused the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, to be unable to vote for more than an hour because of the malfunction of the machine.
During the election, he was in the Alor Ward polling unit in the state’ s Idemili South Local Government Area, where he cast his vote. More importantly, he estimated that the machine had a failure rate of 30 percent.
Despite the loss, Ngige vowed that he would hold off until he cast his ballot. The Minister urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to devise a method of resorting to manual accreditation in such instances to allow people to exercise their right to vote in the elections.
I’ ve been here for almost an hour and haven’ t had any luck, he explained. I’ m not very impressed.
The failure rate ranges between 25 and 30 percent. This is not a promising sign. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should not pack up its equipment after each election. They should have put their machine through its paces a week before the elections in a simulated trial.
Based on the scenario, the minister made additional phone calls to several high- ranking officials to express his dissatisfaction, declaring, I won’ t leave here until I vote.
Voters in Ngige’ s polling unit complain about a malfunctioning card reader
As of 11: 46 a. m. , scores of voters were unable to cast ballots in the Anambra governorship election because the Biometric Voters Accreditation System at Alor Ward 1 in the Idemili South Local Government Area of the state was not operational.
Following the presiding officer’ s instructions, the BIVAS failed to capture the votes, according to a female corps member who requested that her identity not be revealed.
An extremely long line of voters was formed in the ward, which serves as the polling unit for the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige.
At the time of publication, the minister had not yet arrived to cast his vote in the matter.
In a telephone conversation with our correspondent, the Minister said he was only a few minutes away from the polling place.
The APGA chairman and predecessor is dissatisfied with the governorship election results
Chief Victor Oye, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, has voiced his dissatisfaction with the outcome of the governorship election in the state.
In his vote at Amawbia Ward 3, Polling Unit 003 in the Awka South Local Government Area, Oye expressed his concern with the malfunctioning of the BIVAS machine.
Given the large number of voters who turned out at the polling unit, I’ m concerned that many eligible voters may be disenfranchised, he expressed concern.
On the other hand, a former chairman of the party, Chief Victor Oye, while voting in his Aguluizigbo Ward accused the Independent National Electoral Commission of working in collaboration with the APC to rig the Anambra gubernatorial election.
Party agents and voters in Mgbakwu are awaiting voting materials.
The inhabitants of the Mgbakwu area of Anambra State are still waiting for voting materials even though the governorship poll has been underway for more than two hours.
Party agents and voters were observed sitting outside the Central School, bemoaning the fact that the materials had not yet arrived.
The two units in the town are housed within the school.
Honourable A party agent, Benneth Aniezeofor, stated that the development will have a negative impact on the election because people may become disinterested in the process as a result of the development.
Many voters will be disenfranchised as a result of the late arrival of materials, he stated. People might get tired of waiting and leave; this is not helpful for the election’ s prospects.
Another resident, who asked to remain anonymous, stated that he had received information that the vehicle transporting the goods to the neighborhood had broken down while on the route.
We called them and they told us that the material was on its way, he explained.
We also received word that the vehicle that was being utilized to transport the cargo had encountered a problem while on the road. We can only hope that the materials will be delivered on time. ” We have to go to the polls.
Anambra State INEC spokesman Reinald Onyeukwu told WEEKEND PUNCH that he would have to contact another officer when he was called.
Ozigbo, a PDP candidate, votes in Aguata
Valentine Ozigbo, the Peoples Democratic Party’ s candidate for governor of Anambra State, has cast his vote in the state’ s governorship election.
On Saturday, this occurred in Amesi, in the state’ s Aguata Local Government Area, according to reports.
Ozigbo, who posted images of himself at the voting station to Twitter, urged others to do the same and cast their ballots.
In Amesi, Aguata Local Government Area, I have just completed my voting process. You should follow suit, the PDP governorship candidate suggested on Twitter.
The following is an excerpt from another post: Dear Ndi Anambra, using your right to vote is crucial in being a decent citizen. Let us all go out and vote in a calm and orderly manner. It is in your hands that the destiny of Anambra State is decided.
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