The Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) has caused a major setback for voters in the ongoing Anambra governorship election.

The device, which is expected to aid the smooth running of the election by enabling human recognition through biometric verification mechanism, using fingerprint and facial recognition, is malfunctioning in some polling units.

According to Arinze, one of the presiding officers at polling unit 07 in Amawbia, Awka south LGA, the glitches by BVAS have caused frustration for voters at the polling unit.

But he said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been reached over the matter, and that it promised to send a technical officer to the polling unit to fix the system.

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In polling unit 014, ward 1 in Onitsha north, residents, who came out to cast their vote lamented the malfunctioning BVAS, saying they might return to their houses if nothing is done.

The malfunctioning of BVAS has also been reported in other polling units, including PU 004, ward 3, Onitsha north LG; PU 004, ward 3, Onitsha north LG; PUs13, 14, 37 and 34, ward 5, Awka south LG.

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Meanwhile, Valentine Ozigbo, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to extend the duration of the exercise owing to reported glitches with the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS).

Reacting to this development at his polling unit, Ozigbo said INEC should ensure that the glitches are fixed so as to enable eligible voters to cast their vote.

He appealed to Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of INEC, to deploy officials to all the 21 LGAs in the state to correct the technological hiccups.

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