Professor Chukwuma Soludo, candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the Anambra governorship election, has claimed the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) worked well in the polling centres and wards of his opponents, but malfunctioned in his.
Soludo made the claim while addressing journalists for the second time at his polling unit in Isuofia Ward 13, polling unit 002, on Saturday.
The APGA candidate was among the over 700 voters who trooped out en masse on Saturday morning, hoping to exercise their franchise and elect their new governor.
However, as of 4:30pm, only 20 persons had voted at the polling unit.
Speaking on the development, Soludo said he received calls from his people on the ground was that voting went on smoothly in the polling units and wards of his major opponents.
He, however, decried the situation at his own polling unit, lamenting that many eligible voters are at danger of being disenfranchised for no cause of theirs.
He said: “I understand that in some places it actually went very well, there were no glitches but I am a little bit curious because I was calling to find out what is happening in other places. If you are running to become the governor and you have this kind of situation, you will be interested to know what is going on in your opponent’s ward and catchment areas.
“I’m a little bit curious the machine seemed to have worked in some places including Ogah, so to speak. The reports that I have got from my people states that voting seems to have gone seamlessly in most of the polling booths there. They have even counted the votes because they have finished voting in the polling booths and the results are already known. But here, we are still struggling but you can see the resilience of the people. Since 7:30 am, they have been here in their hundreds but they cannot vote; but they insist that they must vote because they want their votes to count.
“If you have over 700 people here and you have only one person doing the accreditation with one machine that is epileptic, a machine that packs up when you accredit one or two people; I would have said, were we being targeted if I did not get reports from around the state.”
Soludo also noted that a large number of the ad-hoc staff deployed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were not properly trained to use the BVAS machine.
He, therefore, called on the electoral umpire to devote more time and resources to training.
“INEC needs to train and re-train the people that operate these machines because you do not need to have this kind of problem. If it stops working, before you call for technical assistance, it can take about an hour. When the guy comes, fiddles with it, it might accredit another five voters and it goes bad again then you have to wait for another hour for somebody else to come but if those who operate it have all the technical skills, that will be helpful,” he said.