Breaking: Anambra Election: Fear As Soludo, Kinsmen Yet to Be Accredited

Breaking: Anambra Election: Fear As Soludo, Kinsmen Yet to Be Accredited

  • Professor Charles Soludo has expressed worry over the conduct of the ongoing Anambra governorship election
  • Soludo, who is the candidate of the APGA is yet to cast his ballot because the BVAS was malfunctioning
  • According to him, there was a technology glitch, no presence of security personnel and the inadequacy of INEC officials in some areas of the state

Anambra - Charles Soludo, the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the ongoing Anambra governorship election, is yet to cast his vote. reports that the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) arrived at his polling unit early to vote but he has not exercised his franchise due to malfunctioning of the Bi-Modal Voter Accreditation System (BIVAS).

APGA's Soludo is yet to cast his vote.
A physically challenged woman cast her vote for her preferred candidate in the ongoing Anambra election. Credit: Emmanuel Osodi.
Source: UGC

He said:

"It's almost 12.30 and we haven't started voting."

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The APGA candidate said he would speak to the media again after casting his vote successfully.

According to the report, at the moment, only nine people out of over 700 voters have voted in the polling unit.

Soludo added:

"People have been here waiting to vote, even before INEC officials' arrival. BVAS technology complete failure.
"Voting has not started in many places and in places where voting has started, it takes up to 20 minutes to accredit just one person.
"I am in shock and this is all over the state. We are still being optimistic that it will work. For 20 minutes, the technician has been fiddling with the machine.
"Secondly, there is an inadequacy of INEC officials manning the polling units. There is also a security issue. There is no policeman here. And this is all over the state. I am a die-hard optimist.

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Soludo lamented that people who have been waiting till 7. am have not voted at around 1 pm, asking INEC to fix the technology for them to vote.

Soludo unable to vote as BVAS refuses to work
Residents of Anambra trooped out to cast their ballots. Credit: Jerrywright Ukwu.
Source: UGC

There is a technology glitch

The APGA candidate also talked about the voting time.

He asked:

"If we start voting by 1 pm, when will voting stop?"

He said people trooped out to vote and hundreds of thousands would have voted if the machine works.

The APGA candidate summarised the issues he raised thus: Technology, deployment of technology, the inadequacy of INEC officials.

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Meanwhile, had previously reported that the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Valentine Ozigbo, cast his vote.

It was reported that after voting, the candidate of the PDP, Valentine Ozigbo said he was impressed with the turnout of voters.

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Ozigbo further asked the INEC chairman, Professor Mahmud Yakubu, to reach out to his staff and check out where there are issues.

On security, he said there is an abundance of security personnel which has helped to calm things down.


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