- The Independent National Electoral Commission has extended voting in Anambra state till Sunday, November 7
- Dr Nkwachukwu Orji, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Anambra made the discloure after briefing journalists in Awka
- The extension of voting time was due to the BVAS not working in several polling units across the southeast state
Awka - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said voting will be extended to 4 pm in Anambra state due to the malfunction of the Biometric Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) in several polling units across the state.
The announcement was made by Dr Nkwachukwu Orji, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Anambra after briefing the media at the commission's state headquarters in Awka.
Orji said there is a possibility of the election continuing on Sunday, November 7. He admitted that the BVAS did not work in several polling units across the state, therefore, slowing down the accreditation and voting process.
The INEC REC said:
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“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has extended the period for opening and closing of poll from 8.30 am to 4.00 pm. This revised closing time applies to areas where Polling Units opened after the commencement period of 8.30 am.
“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. All Polling Unit staff must comply with this directive.
“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 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 to solve the problem.”
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