Ekiti guber poll: Voters express concern as BVAS failure stalls voting

SOME voters have expressed concern over delays in the ongoing governorship election in Ekiti State due to the failure of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machines.

The ICIR observed that the breakdown of the BVAS machine led to rowdy scenes in some polling units.

Video footage obtained by The ICIR showed rowdy scenes at Polling Unit 08, Ward 08 Court Hall/Aafin of Omuoekiti, Ekiti East Local Government Area, following the malfunction of the BVAS machine.


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The agitated voters vented their anger on INEC officials and security agents at the polling unit.



    Also, at Polling Unit 006, of Erinwa Ward 1, Ise/Orun Local Government Area, many intending voters are yet to cast their votes due the inadequate number of BVAS machines.

    The ICIR observed that only one BVAS machine is available for the 600 registered voters in the polling unit.

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    The ICIR also observed rowdy scenes as accreditation and voting continued at Oye II, Ward 03, PU 013, Oye- Ekiti.

    Around 11:00 am at Polling Unit 005, IYINMI (Code 04), Ikole Ekiti LGA, the BVAS machine malfunctioned for about 30 minutes before it was fixed by INEC officials.

    Usman Mustapha is a solution journalist with International Centre for Investigative Reporting. You can easily reach him via: [email protected]. He tweets @UsmanMustapha_M

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