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INEC pledges to redress issues with BVAS in future elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has pledged to undertake comprehensive analyses into the technical glitches experienced in the usage of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) in the aftermath of the Anambra governorship elections.

This pledge was made on Wednesday by Festus Okoye, the INEC commissioner for information and voter education, on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme.

Okoye pointed out that the BVAS comprises “three consignments”, but INEC is experiencing challenges with one of the hauls which would be redressed by its ICT department and technical consultants.

The INEC Commissioner said, “We will sit down with our ICT department, and also with some of our consultants to take a second look at the functionality of the BVAS and make a determination of what actually went wrong in relation to the 6th November election.

“We have brought in three different consignments and it seems to us as if the challenge is only with one of the consignments. I think it is possible it is a software challenge or an updating challenge.

“But we are going to go back and take a second look at the BVAS and remove whatever challenge occurred during that particular period.

“We don’t normally roll out any of our electronic solutions without doing a test run. When we did a test run of the BVAS during the Isoko south constituency election, we did not have any serious challenges.

“As we move into the 2023 general election, we are going to have so many bye-elections and so many off the season elections, and we assure Nigerians they the situation is going to be put under control.”

By Mayowa Oladeji


SOLUDO: Anambra electoral victory reflects God’s will, people’s mandate (Video)

SOLUDO: Anambra electoral victory reflects God's will, people's mandate (Video)

Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Professor Charles Soludo, has ascribed his emergence as the Governor-Elect of Anambra State as the will of God and the overwhelming mandate of the people.

Ripples Nigeria had reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday declared Soludo winner of the Anambra election after winning 19 out of 21 local governments in the State. Read more


With 112,229 votes, INEC declares Soludo Anambra governor-elect

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the early hours of Wednesday declared the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate, Prof. Charles Soludo, as winner of the Anambra State governorship election.

The Chief Returning Officer, Prof. Florence Obi, who announced the results in Awka, said Soludo scored 112, 229 votes to brush aside the challenge of 17 other candidates. Read more


Why I voted for Soludo in Ihiala supplementary election – ADC candidate

The African Democratic Congress (ADC) governorship candidate in Anambra, Chief Akachukwu Nwakpo, said on Tuesday voted for All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate in the Ihiala supplementary election.

Nwakpo, who spoke to journalists after voting at his polling unit 004 Ward 01 at Umuatani Hall, Okija, in Ihiala local government area of Anambra, said the results of the election announced so far by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) reflected the wish of the people of the state. Read more


Empty polling booths were noticed at Amorka ward 3 units 3,6 and 11 with just a few residents casting their votes.

Meanwhile, officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are depending on facials to accredit voters, using the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS)

This was confirmed by an INEC official who spoke with journalists at Eziani Primary school, Ihiala ward one, polling unit 10 saying: “The thumbprint is not functioning, but the facial verification is what we are using to issue out accreditation.”

However, the INEC officer noted that the electoral process is proceeding at a steady pace since it takes between 30 seconds to one minute to accredit one voter.

Pictures from Amorka Ward

By Mayowa Oladeji


Voting commences in Ihiala supplementary election

After some hours of delay despite the scheduled commencement time of 10am, the supplementary elections in Ihiala has begun.

This supplementary election is being conducted on Tuesday in order to elect the next governor of Anambra State, after initial postponement on Saturday due to irregularities.

Here are some images from polling units 2, 4, 5, 11, and 22, ward 1 Amamu A.

By Mayowa Oladeji


Materials deployed in Ihiala for supplementary election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday commenced the deployment of election materials at the Ihiala Local Government Secretariat in Anambra State.

This is towards the supplementary election to be held in the area to determine winner of the governorship election in that state.

The decision to have the supplementary election in the local government followed the suspension of collation of results in the governorship election as announced on Monday by the State Collation/Returning Officer.

The process was suspended as the election could not hold in Ihiala LGA due to violence.

Ihiala the 7th highest voting population in Anambra with 148,407 registered voters, is the remaining LGA yet to partake in the elections.

Over 1000 police officers have been reportedly deployed at the Ihiala Local Government Headquarters, to maintain security of electoral personnel and materials.

 


JUST IN: INEC suspends declaration of election results in Anambra

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the early hours of Monday suspended the declaration of results in the Anambra governorship election.

The Returning Officer for the election, Florence Obi, who announced this at 12.05 a.m. on Monday, said the decision to suspend the declaration of results was to allow for a supplementary election in Ihiala local government area of the state. The supplementary election will hold on Tuesday.

There are 148,407 registered voters in the area.

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate, Prof. Charles Soludo, has won in 17 out of the 19 local government areas so far declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He leads his closest challenger, Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with 49, 685 votes.

The APGA candidate has scored 99,160 votes while Ozigbo garnered 49,475.

The All Progressives Congress (APC), Andy Uba, recorded 40,270, and the Young Progressives Party (YPP) flag bearer, Ifeanyi Ubah, has 20,292 votes.


ANAMBRA: INEC postpones election in Ihiala till November 9

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday postponed the governorship election in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State till November 9 over alleged irregularities in most communities in the area.

The officer in charge of the area, Ahmadu Umar, disclosed this during the collation of election results in Awka, the state capital.

He said the election did not take in Ihiala on Saturday due to the activities of some politicians who tried to manipulate the process.

According to him, there are 148,407 registered voters in the area.


Situation Room decries vote-buying in Anambra election, charges INEC on credible process

The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room said on Sunday the Anambra State governorship election was generally peaceful but characterized by vote-buying.

In a statement jointly signed by its Convener, Ene Obi, and the two Co-Conveners, Asma’u Joda and James Oguchukwu, the Situation Room votes were sold for N1,000 and N6,000 at various locations during the election held across the state on Saturday.

The group, however, said the vote-buying was carried out discreetly in some polling units while it was done in the full glare of the public despite the presence of security agents in others.

The Situation Room disclosed that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ad-hoc staff and election materials arrived late in many polling units visited by field observers.

The organization also reported the widespread malfunction of the Bimodal Verification Accreditation System (BVAS) in several polling units across the state.

The group urged the people of Anambra to remain peaceful as the election runs its course and charged INEC to ensure the peaceful and transparent conclusion of the exercise.

It also implored security agencies to continue to maintain law and order through the remaining phases of the election.

The statement read: We received reports of widespread vote-buying by political party agents across the state. Some of the specific instances include the sale of votes for amounts ranging from N1,000 and N6,000 at various locations.

However, this was being carried out very discreetly in some PUs while in others the votes buying was done in full glare without prevention from the security personnel.

“Nevertheless, voters in a particular polling unit in the state rejected an inducement of N5,000 per vote. Situation Room commends the courage of these voters. For this, we say a big well done to Ndi Anambra.

“The problem with the BVAs was noticeable in 59 percent of the PUs observed, with a minimum of five minutes to accredit one voter in 65.8 percent of the PUs observed.

“Furthermore, some of the ad-hoc staff experienced some difficulty in operating the machines. In some locations, the machines were working rather slowly and took as long as 10 minutes or more to accredit a single voter.

“The voter turnout was good, contrary to earlier apprehensions that trailed the beginning of the electioneering process.

“Even though there were no large crowds of voters, it was still a relief to see citizens come out eventually to exercise their rights.”


Soludo wins 17 LGAs as INEC declares final results in Anambra

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) governorship candidate in Anambra, Prof. Charles Soludo, has taken a commanding lead in the election after winning in 17 out of 19 local government areas so far declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The APGA candidate had been declared winner of the election in Awka North, Nnewi South, Idemili, Ekwusigo, Agwuata, Onitsha North, Onitsha South, Njikoka, and nine other local government areas.

His closest challenger, Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Young Progressives Party (YPP) candidate, Ifeanyi Ubah, had won one LGA each.

Ozigbo won in Ogbaru while Ubah was declared winner of the election in Nnewi North.


Soludo praises God after taking commanding lead in Anambra election

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate in Anambra, Charles Soludo, on Sunday, thanked God for his mercy after taking a commanding lead in the state governorship election held on Saturday.

Soludo has won 17 out of 19 local government areas whose results had been officially announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

His closest challenger, Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Young Progressives Party (YPP candidate, Ifeanyi Ubah, had won one LGA each.

In a post on his Instagram handle, Soludo was seen monitoring the proceedings on a TV.

He wrote: “A cool Sunday evening. It is indeed the Lord’s day and we must first thank God almighty for his mercy.

“Indeed, ‘many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivereth him from them all. Good evening my people.”


#AnambraDecides: No election in Orumba North LGA – Collation Officer

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) collation officer for Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State, Michael Otu, said on Sunday voting did not place in the area during the state governorship election held on Saturday.

Otu, who disclosed this when he addressed the Returning Officer, Prof. Florence Obi, at the INEC Collation Centre in Akwa, said his experience during the exercise was very pathetic.

He said: “To be very frank to you, I want to categorically and unequivocally tell you that there was no election in the best of my knowledge and with the evidence I am going to buttress herein.”

The collation officer revealed that there were 93, 608 total registered voters in 18 registration areas in the area.

Although Otu admitted he collated the figures, he didn’t believe in the document because the results were signed under duress.

He added: “93,608 is what we collated, although I signed this document under duress, I don’t believe in it. I don’t believe in it, it is not my will.”


APGA wins Anambra West LGA

APC – 1233
APGA – 1918
PDP – 1401
YPP – 357


APGA wins Awka North LGA
APC – 755
APGA – 1908
PDP – 840
YPP – 381

 

APGA wins Nnewi South LGA

APP – 1307
APGA – 3243
PDP- 2226
YPP – 1327

APGA wins Idemili North LGA
APC — 2,291
APGA — 5,358
PDP — 2,312
YPP — 902.
APGA wins Ekwusigo Local Government Area
APC – 1237
APGA – 2570
PDP – 1857
YPP – 727

Soludo in early lead

As collation of results in the Anambra State Governorship Election continues, the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Charles Soludo has taken an early  lead.

The collation of results is ongoing at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headquarters in Awka.

Soludo, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has won 10 of the 11 local government areas announced so far by the collation officers.

Other top contenders in the election are Senator Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who has won one local government so far, Mr Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Senator Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) who also has one local government area to his credit.

From the local government areas announced so far, Soludo has polled a total of 66,388 votes. Read more


No elections in Ihiala LGA

The Returning Officer at the Ihiala LGA revealed that elections could not hold in the 300 polling units in the area.

INEC is yet to issue an official statement on the situation

 

APGA wins Aguata LGA

APC – 4,773

APGA – 9,136
PDP – 3,792
YPP – 1,070

APGA wins Onitsha North LGA

APC – 3,909

APGA – 5587

PDP – 3,781

YPP – 682

 

PDP wins Ogbaru LGA

APC – 1,178

APGA – 3,051

PDP – 3,445

YPP – 484


APGA wins Orumba South LGA

APC – 2,060

APGA – 4,394

PDP – 1,672

YPP – 887

 

APGA wins Njikoka LGA

APC – 3,216

APGA – 8,803

PDP – 3,409

YPP – 924


APGA wins Onitsha South LGA

APC – 2,050

APGA – 4,281

PDP – 2,253

YPP – 271


APGA wins Idemili South LGA

APC – 1,039

APGA – 2,312

PDP – 2,016

YPP – 752


YPP wins Nnewi North LGA

APC – 1,278

APGA – 3,369

PDP – 1,511

YPP – 6,485


APGA wins Ayamelum local government

APC – 2,409

APGA – 3,424

PDP – 2,804

YPP – 407

The RO, Mrs Florence Obi mandated the electoral officer in the LGA to reconcile the figures.


APGA wins Anaocha LGA

APC – 2,085

APGA – 6,911

PDP – 5,108

YPP – 868

The Returning Officer said two polling units were affected due to issues over deployment of materials.

 

APGA wins Anambra East LGA

APC – 2,034

APGA – 9,746

PDP – 1,380

YPP – 559


APGA wins Oyi LGA

APC – 2830

APGA – 6133

PDP – 2484

YPP – 900

APGA  wins Dunukofia LGA

APC – 1991

APGA – 4124

PDP – 1680

YPP – 1360

APGA wins Awka South LGA

APC – 2595

APGA – 12891

PDP – 5498

YPP – 919

INEC commences announcement of election results 


 Police explains why some officers haven’t received allowances

Police apprehend 120 electoral offenders nationwide

Following reports that some men of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) deployed for Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra State, protested the non-payment of their feeding allowance, Force Spokesperson, Frank Mba has explained the glitch could be from ‘clerical issues or typographical mistakes’.

Speaking at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) situation room in Abuja on Saturday, Mba said over 70 per cent of the officers deployed to the state have been paid. Read more


 Resistance, snatching of materials disrupt election in Oba, Idemili – INEC

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Nwachukwu Orji, on Saturday evening, decried the disruption of the governorship election in Idemili South local government area and others in the state.

Orji, who addressed journalists in Awka, said election materials were snatched and destroyed by community members for undisclosed reasons in Oba in Idemili South LGA.

He also admitted that the commission was unable to make deployment to some polling units because of resistance by people of such areas.

The REC said: “We were not able to finish deployment in some polling units for several reasons including resistance by community members in some local government areas.

“Also election materials were snatched and destroyed in some other places. An example is Oba 1 and 2 wards in Idemili South LGA where materials for 57 polling units were snatched.

“We have received information on all the areas where there were resistance to deployment by the commission, where there were disruptions to the election process that already commenced, where we have sustained malfunctioning of the accreditation device, the BIVAS, and where we were unable to deploy as a commission.

“In each case, the commission’s regulations and guidelines and other existing laws will be used to address these issues.

“Where elections held, collation of results will proceed, and the applicable EC40G instrument will be used in line with the provision of the electoral law.

“If there are areas where there is a determination that the collation of results cannot take place at the RA collation centres, it will now take place at the LGA collation centres.

 Soludo casts vote after five hours wait

 

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) governorship candidate in Anambra, Prof. Charles Soludo, finally cast his vote after waiting for more than five hours on Saturday.

He voted at 5.10 p.m. at Isuofia Ward 13, Unit 002 in Aguata local government area of the state.

Soludo had earlier come to the polling unit located at Afiyi Square at 11:30 a.m. but was unable to cast his vote because the Biometric Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) failed to capture him.

The voters’ accreditation suffered a setback at 10:30 a.m. when the BVAS began to malfunction.

Only 18 persons that were successfully accredited had cast their vote before the exercise was suspended at 2:00 p.m.

The accreditation resumed without hitches at 4:05 p.m. when a new BVAS was deployed in the polling unit.

After casting his vote, Soludo commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for its efforts at ensuring a smooth electoral process in the state.

He said: “I told you I’m an optimist and that is why I waited for over five hours and 40 minutes because I believe INEC will come through.

“You can also see that despite the delay, our people waited patiently and are so determined to cast their votes, no matter the time.

“That is to show you that APGA is Anambra and Anambra is APGA.

“I believe the will of God will prevail, no matter the delay. APGA will win.

“I look forward to the credibility and legitimacy of the process.

“I also believe we have the popular mandate of the people and I believe the system will deliver at the end of the day.”


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

Why we will not act on tribunal judgements now –INEC

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.

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