FCT voters angry over malfunctioning BVAS

Angry voters on Saturday were outraged by the delay in identifying them by the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) device in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Council elections.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) presiding officers attributed the poor performance of the BVAS to network failure.

The situation caused some arguments between officials conducting the elections and the voters at polling unit 018, Central Post Office area.

Accreditation began a little behind schedule in most of the polling units visited across the six Council Areas monitored by our correspondents.

Voting was supposed to commence officially by 8:30 am but as 10:30 am INEC staff and voters were yet to arrive at many polling units.

At polling unit 011 opposite Customs Hospital at Karu, INEC staff were seen setting up their tent two hours after voting was supposed to have commenced.

There was also a poor turnout of voters, which was attributed to the fuel scarcity that made movement difficult.

Another factor blamed for the voter apathy was the conflicting order of the police on the restriction of movement.

The Police on Friday lifted the restriction of movement earlier placed only to reinstate the ban later the same day.

It had hinged the decision to reverse its earlier position on restriction of movement to intelligence over security concerns and this, it was gathered may have scared voters to stay away.

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