The Senator representing the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Sen Philip Aduda has expressed disappointment over the failure of BVAS in the ongoing Area Council Elections.
Elanza News reports earlier late arrival of election materials and malfunctioning of Biometric Voter Accreditation System (BVAS).
But speaking after he casted his vote at the Old Chief Palace polling unit around 1:30pm, Aduda expressed disappointment over the failure of BVAS in Garki, Bwari, Kuje, Kwali and other places in the ongoing exercise.
“I came here, I was accredited and I voted immidiately. But from all the reports we’ve been receiving, the BVAS are not working well. In some places like Garki, Bwari in Bwari Area Council, then Kuje, Kwali and other places there are issues with the BVAS,” Aduda said.
Speaking further, the lawmaker said: “BVAS was said to have been used in some off season elections in Anambra and we hope the failure here is not plans to work against us.
“There are problems. I hope that, and I repeat, I hope that they are not trying to use the BVAS failure against us. We hope it is not deliberate to disenfranchised our People,” Aduda said.
He said further: “From what I have observed around the FCT, I am not satisfied. But what I have done here is a bit seemless but I know many places in the FCT there are problems.”
An election observer with Yiaga Africa, Ezenwa Nwagwu, said many people refused to come out to vote because they are not confident of the system.
“The BVAS can only work if the system is working. In as much as the system is not working, we will continue to observe these issues. There is voter apathy because the system is not working,” Nwagwu said.