Anambra election one of the most difficult ever, says INEC chairman

Professor Mahmoud Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has described the recently-concluded Anambra Governorship election as one of the most difficult elections ever held in the country.

The INEC boss said preparations for the elections were held under very difficult circumstances, owing to the razing of the INEC State Office in Awka, and the Monday sit-at-home order directed by the IPOB.

According to him, ballot boxes, vehicles, voting booths, Power Generators were all brought in from Abuja, Enugu, and Imo states.

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Addressing the issues surrounding the BVAS, he said the deployment of the BVAS in the Anambra election was the second pilot test.

The BVAS, he said, was aimed at achieving two objectives. First is voter accreditationto replace the Smart Card Reader and second is the uploading of polling unit results on the IReVportal to replace the Z-pad.

Yakubu insisted that the challenges witnessed by the Machine were more or less from the operators of the system and not the machine itself.

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