PDP candidate, Ozigbo condemns poor internet network, urges INEC to extend voting time
Valentine Ozigbo, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate has expressed worry over the poor Internet connectivity experienced by voters in the use of the Bi-modal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machine.
Ozigbo revealed that it took him over 20 minutes to cast his vote at the polling unit at Social Centre, Unit 010, Amesi, Aguata local government area, where he spoke to newsmen.
He seized the opportunity to call for an extension of voting period, especially as voting is said to end at 2:30pm.
He also urged eligible voters to come out and exercise their franchise, assuring them of their security.
By Adekunle Fajana
No voting in Ihiala LGA
AS at 1.00 pm, election materials were yet to arrive in the entire Ihiala LGA of Anambra State that has 20 electoral wards.
Anxious voters in the various polling units arrived early only to be disappointed in the non-arrival of materials.
Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C Don Adinuba attributed the ugly development to logistical problems.
By Victor Uzoho
Andy Uba votes, expresses optimism despite hiccups
The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Andy Uba, has cast his vote.
Uba voted inside Saint Peter’s Catholic School, at the Uga Ward Polling Unit 7 of Aguata Local Government Area.
The voting process had initially been slowed by the late arrival of materials and officials.
In his remarks, Uba expressed hope that the INEC workers will rectify the malfunctioning BVAS devices.
“Right now, we have a little issue which they are coming to fix.
Asked about his chances of winning the election, he said: “I am very optimistic. You can see what is happening here. You don’t need to be told what is happening here,” he said.
By Mayowa Oladeji
ANAMBRA 2021: Soludo laments malfunction of BVAS device, low security
The candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the ongoing Anambra election, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, is yet to be accredited in the ongoing Anambra Governorship elections.
Ripples Nigeria gathered that this was due to the faulty Bimodal Voters Accreditation System deployed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He also raised concerns over the little or no presence of security agents, and not enough INEC officials to man some voting points.
Soludo was part of voters that were yet to vote at the Isuofia Ward 13, polling unit 002, Ofiyi Square, Umueze Village Isuofia, Aguata Local Government Area due to this situation.
However, Soludo appealed for calm and understanding among supporters while waiting for the INEC equipment to start working.
By Mayowa Oladeji
12:09 am: Presiding Officers suspend voting temporarily as the BVAS are verifying but not authenticating, at PU 021, 023, Fegge ward 6, Onitsha South LGA.
12: 03 am: Andy Uba of APC after casting his vote in Booth 027 at St. Peters Catholic School, Uga, Aguata LGA
11: 55 am: Bishop Diocese on the Niger, Rt Rev. Owen Nwokolo casting his vote alongside his wife at All Saints Primary School Ward I Onitsha North LGA. He described the exercise in the area as peaceful and orderly, and called on those who are yet to vote to come out and do so, insisting there is nothing to fear.
11: 29 am: Voting exercise going on smoothly at PU 013, Ward 01, Onitsha North LGA
Nnewi residents refuse to vote over lack of original result sheet
Voters in Enem Hall, Otolo Ward 2, polling unit 002, Nnewi North Local Government Area have refused to vote until original result sheets are brought by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) officials.
A resident and PDP supporter, Mr China Christian, told reporters that the voters stopped the accreditation and voting process because the INEC officials did not come with original result sheet.
“Until we sight the election result sheet, voting will not commence. Those preparing to write election results in their hotel rooms will meet their waterloo today,” he said.
By Ijeoma Ilekanachi
Huge turnout of voters at Awka, Njikoka, Idemil LGAs
Despite the increased security presence and scepticism due to the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) there was a huge turnout of voters at Awka South, Njikoka and Idemili North Local Government Areas.
A report issued by the News Agency of Nigeria further revealed similar turnouts in the polling units in Nibo in Awka South, Enugwukwu and Abagana in Njikoka as well as Ogidi in Idemili North Local Government Areas.
The electoral process was peaceful and coordinated in an orderly manner.
Voting commenced in Umuaka Town Hall Ward 001 and Ward 005 both in Nibo about 9a.m as voters were being accredited with the card reader working effectively.
The exercise took off peacefully in Ogidi at 9a.m. too.
At Onua Square, Abagana, a resident, Emmanuel Akaogu told NAN that there was initial hiccup because the card reader was not identifying his finger print, adding that he later voted.
He said that security arrangement was “superb” and praised INEC and security operatives for the arrangement.
Another resident, Obi Ilochi, who voted at Ogidi Town Hall Ward 005, said he was happy that government was able to provide conducive environment for people to participate in the election.
By Mayowa Oladeji
Anambra Dep Gov, Okeke casts vote, slams rumoured return to APGA
The Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Dr Nkem Okeke, has voted at his polling unit, Umueze Awozu, Enugwu-Ukwu Ward 3, polling unit 005.
Ripples Nigeria gathered that Okeke exercised his franchise at exactly 10:04 am on Saturday.
However, the Deputy Governor had to be patient due to the high turnout of voters but he was later captured before he proceeded with the exercise.
After voting, he displayed his ballot paper to reveal that he voted for his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In his statement thereafter, he dispelled reports of a defection back to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) while noting that he voted for his party, the (APC).
“I had to reveal my ballot paper because there have been rumours that I had defected back to APGA, but that is not true. You just saw that I voted for my party, APC,” he stated.
He also hailed the Biometric Voters Accreditation System (BVAS), saying the system presents a seamless voting process.
“This is the easiest that I have had in voting ever. The process is very seamless and as you can see, I have just voted. In other elections, I have always had the problem of fingerprint, but this is different and seamless.”
Voters stranded as machine works slowly
A number of voters were left hanging as the machine deployed to their polling units worked very slowly.
This happened at Booth 001 Amorji Primary School Isuofia Aguata LGA. Though voting started at 9.30 am, by 10.30 am, only less than 15 voters had voted out of 900 registered voters.
By Victor Uzoho
Machine malfunctions in Anambra East
As of 10:44 am, only seven persons were accredited in Polling Unit 001, Ugundiuka 1, Otuocha 1 in Anambra East Local Government Area (LGA).
There are 782 registered voters in the unit.
According to officials, the newly-introduced Bi-modal Voter Accreditation System (BIVAS) malfunctioned.
Meanwhile, some voters are still waiting to be accredited.
Also in Unit 014, Ward 1, Onitsha North, voters said they had been queuing since 8.45 am.
Some expressed frustration, saying they may soon return home.
By Victor Uzoho…
Accreditation slow at Ozigbo’s polling unit
10:34am __ Accreditation and voting ongoing at polling units 10,11,12,13 and 15 located at the Social Center in Amuwo village, Amesi in Aguata LGA.
PDP governorship candidate Mr Valentine Ozigbo is expected to vote at one of these polling units.
Election observers lament poor security presence in Ekwulobia, Isuofia
Local and international observers in the Anambra governorship elections have raised concerns over poor security presence in polling units in Ekwulobia and Isuofia Wards where they have monitored.
They also complained that because of the poor security presence, polling officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were nowhere to be found.
Speaking with newsmen on their observation, Chief Chike Anyaonu, who spoke on behalf of local observers from Zyhara Foundation, said the lack of regular police and other security agents in all the polling units is impeding the election security.
“In all the polling units my team visited this morning, there is nowhere regular policemen were seen and because of that, INEC polling officials refused to bring down electoral materials from their vehicles,” he said.
“We are afraid hoodlums could seize on the situation and cause mayhem because of the lack of security,” another observer said.
By Isaac Dachen…
New voting technology failing —PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party has lamented that the new technology known as E-Vice introduced by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to help in verifying voters at polling units is failing in unit 008, Umudioka Dunukofia LGA.
The party stated this in a tweet accompanied by a video on Saturday.
INEC plans e-transmission of results from 5,634 polling units in Anambra
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed that it will upload election results from the 5,634 polling units to its result-viewing portal in the ongoing governorship poll in Anambra State.
INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, stated this during an interview an interview with Channels Television on Thursday monitored by Ripples Nigeria.
Gov Obiano, wife cast votes
Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano and his wife, Dr. Ebelechukwu Obiano have cast their votes at the ongoing governorship elections in Anambra State.
There was a massive turnout of voters as early as 9:25 am when the governor arrived at the Eri Primary School, Otuocha 1, polling unit 004.
The polling unit has 1162 registered voters.
Speaking with newsmen, Obiano hailed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for a peaceful process while urging residents to come out en masse for the exercise.
By Mayowa Oladeji…
ANAMBRA: Massive voters’ turnout at ward of PDP candidate, Ozigbo, residents laud peaceful process
The Amaesi Ward of Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra witnessed an impressive turnout of electorates on Saturday during the governorship elections.
According to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria, voters came out as early as 7.30 am until the arrival of electoral officers by 8.35 a.m at the ward. Read more
Early photos from the election shows voters coming out in the numbers to cast their votes
9:34 am: The first vote was cast at Unit 2, Umueze Isuofia in Aguata LGA.
9:30 am: Electoral material arrive the polling unit of Professor Charles Soludo, APGA candidate, at Unit 2, Umueze Isuofia in Aguata LGA around 8:40 am.
9:04 am: Voting commences at Unit 10, Amawbia 1, Community Primary School, Amawbia, Awka.
No DIG, AIG has resigned from Anambra election assignment —Police
The police have cleared the air regarding the rumored resignation of a Deputy Inspector General (DIG) and an Assistant Inspector General (AIG) who were deployed for elections assignment in Anambra State today.
In the last 24 hours leading to the polls for Anambra gubernatorial election, one of the two DIG deployed for Election Assignment was been rumoured to have resigned. Read more
NGO deploys 200 disabled persons as election observers in Anambra
A Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) Inclusive Friends Association (IFA) said it has deployed 200 persons with disabilities as observers for the governorship election in Anambra State.
Jerry Grace, executive director of the association, spoke on the matter at a news conference in Awka on Friday.
The news conference was organised by the United States Agency for International Development, Access Nigeria, IFA and the National Democratic Institute (NDI).
He said that the conference was organised to discuss the importance of persons with disabilities to the electoral process and to engage the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to sustain organised voting during the election.
Prior to this, the NGO paid an advocacy visit to the Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) with Program Manager, Access Nigeria Campaign Moses Oluwaseyi to solicit the Corps assistance in providing security for its members during and after the elections.
Chidimma Ajemba, a representative of another NGO, the Joint Association of Persons Living with Disabilities, Anambra chapter, called for special attention to be given to persons with disabilities to take part in the electoral process. She said this attention will help the people with disabilities to participate in the electoral process.
The Deputy Country Director of NDI, Mr. Francis Madugu, charged INEC to ensure that Persons Living with Disabilities were provided a friendly election environment, including assistive devices.
The IFA also stated that it will hold a post-election conference on Sunday 7th November to share findings from its observation, with participants drawn from the media and PWD community.
By Ijeoma Ilekanachi…
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Anambra State elections have been a source of excitement for locals for many years, as it is a time for the rich to flaunt their wealth.
Indeed, the four civilian governors who have ascended the office have all been either affluent or had significant ties to be bankrolled. Read more
‘Ensure every vote counts in Anambra election,’ Yakubu charges INEC staff
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, on Friday charged the commission’s staff deployed for election duties in Anambra to ensure that all the votes cast in the exercise count. Read more
Anambra polls ‘litmus test’ of strength of electoral process -Atiku
Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has warned that the upcoming Anambra polls scheduled for Saturday will be a litmus test regarding the strength of the country’s electoral process. Read more
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