The governorship candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Charles Soludo, has described the INEC Biometric Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) as a complete failure.
Mr Soludo, like other governorship candidates earlier reported by PREMIUM TIMES, was greeted with disappointment when he arrived at his polling unit in PU Isuofia, Aguata LGA to cast his vote on Saturday afternoon.
Since the opening of the poll at 002, Ward, Ofiyi Square, where the former CBN boss was to cast his vote, the BVAS has been epileptic and inconsistent, thereby contributing to the growing concerns of the waiting electorates.
Mr Soludo arrived at his PU at exactly 12:12pm but was unable to cast his vote after 20 minutes of frantic efforts by the electoral body’s technician to restore the system to enable the electorates, many who are already growing tired, to exercise their franchise.
“The fundamental thing is that the technology collapsed. This BVAS technology of a thing is a complete failure. If it could still be rectified, that would be in minutes or hours to come and by 12:30 voting is yet to start in many polling units,” the APGA candidate told journalists.
“With the crowd that you can find here, hundreds of people here, you don’t need to be a mathematician to know that even if the machine starts working now, the machine won’t be ready in 15, 20 minutes. Even if it takes a minute to accredit each person here, you are not going to finish this in record time.”
He said the challenges raise fundamental questions about the technology and further tabled his displeasure at the system.
“This is all over the state. I got calls from virtually all the local government areas and the story is the same,” he said.
As at the time of filing this report, Mr Soludo has left the polling unit while his aides were seen hanging around, perhaps to possibly keep tabs on the situation and notify him when the system is rectified.
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