The malfunctioning of the Independent National Electoral Commission’s Bimodal system machines, BIVAS as well as the tense insecurity situation on Saturday affected the turnout and smooth flow of the Anambra State governorship election.
“Inadequate staff, fear of unknown gunmen, scarce ad hoc staff and transporters, BIVAS technology broke down in most polling units,” an update received by SaharaReporters reads.
SaharaReporters earlier reported that the capturing machine at Prof Charles Chukwuma Soludo’s Polling Unit/Ward, PU 002, Ward 13, Isuofia, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State, did not work for hours and delayed the process.
Soludo is the flagbearer of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the Anambra 2021 governorship election.
Eighteen political parties and candidates are in the Anambra governorship race.
Also, the lack of sufficient vehicles has since caused a delay in the deployment of security personnel with many units in the area opening polls without security officials.
The stranded security personnel scampered to enter the few vehicles available.
Amid the confusion, some could be seen shouting at each other as they struggled to get to their assigned units.
On why there was no proper arrangement for conveying the security officials, an official said the question should be referred to the state Commissioner of Police or the police spokesperson.