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Anambra Decides: INEC extends voting deadline amid complaints over technical glitch

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Yusuf Boluwatife

The Independent National Electoral commission (INEC) has extended the voting deadline for the ongoing Anambra State governorship election.

Recall that BlackBox Nigeria reported that the PDP candidate, Valentine Ozigbo asked for a relaxation in the deadline INEC proposed as voting begun late in most polling units.

However, multiple reports state that the electoral body has extended the time from 3pm to 4pm.

The electoral umpire also reportedly extended the voting exercise to Sunday.

Nwachukwu Orji, the Anambra Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) confirmed the development, FIJ reported.

He said, “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 will seem that this resulted from software glitches. Our technicians have already built an update to the device 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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