Soludo looks comfortable as INEC collates Anambra election results

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Collation of results in the Anambra governorship election began about 11.55 am amidst heavy security cordon at the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, office in Awka, Anambra State capital.

Early results from Oyi and Akwa South Local Governments indicate that APGA scored 6,133 and 12,891 votes respectively ahead of other parties.

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Eighteen political parties and candidates contested the governorship race and voting had taken place across polling units spread across the 21 local governments of the state.

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INEC earlier on Saturday said ahead of the election said that there are 2.5 million registered voters and 5,720 polling units in the state but there will be no voting in 86 of them because there are no registered voters there.

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Amid initial glitches in late arrival of election officials and slow accreditation, INEC had extended  voting till Sunday.

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Dr. Nwachukwu Orji, INEC state electoral commissioner said  voting will close at 4pm due to the mass failure of the card reader machines in the election reported almost in every polling unit in the 21
LGAs of the state.

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His statement said that: “The Presiding Officer must inform the voters and polling agents that accreditation and voting for the affected Polling Unit shall continue tomorrow or at another time determined by the Commission. With this extension of time and the recommencement of accreditation where the BVAS consistently malfunctions, the Commission assures that no voter will be disenfranchised.

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Orji noted further that: “The extension of time arose out of several field reports that voters have had problems with accreditation. The Commission is currently investigating the reason the  accreditation devices, Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), have worked perfectly in some Polling Units, but not in others. In some of the cases, it would seem that this resulted from software glitches. Our technicians have already built an update to the devise software to prevent further challenges.

The update is currently being installed in the concerned BVAS and we request voters, candidates and agents to be patient and allow our technical staff to solve the problem.”

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