Godwin Maduka, Governorship candidate of the Accord Party in the recently conducted Guber election in Anambra State, has rejected the results that returned APGA’s Charles Chukwuma Soludo as Winner.
Maduka, who spoke with BBC News Igbo, stated that the assurances made by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was not fulfilled as the Biometric Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) malfunctioned in many Polling Units during the election.
Maduka: This election is a very strange one because what I saw wasn’t what I expected.
My discontent is that what we were told was, (on the day of the election), your photograph will be taken, you will be shown your name then given a ballot paper to go vote.
However, the reality was that when they started capturing using the BVAS machine, some people stayed there close to five(5) hours yet could not be captured as a result of technical glitches.
I would be very happy if this “capturing” can be shelved so we can return to the old system where you get to the voting centre, search for your name, you vote and then the vote counted.
This system of accreditation using the BVAS was a problem all over Anambra, as some persons were not captured even after close to 10 times; it happened to me and I am been told it happened to Soludo as well. A lot of Anambrans (including me) are very disappointed in the process.
What we were told prior to the election is different from what happened on that day. An election where the poor, the rich, the elderly didn’t vote because they were not captured by the BVAS machine cannot be accepted by me.
Asked by the reporter what his next step will be:
Maduka: I am telling them to conduct a fresh Governorship election if they want peace in Anambra State. How can you say we are in a democracy (brought to us by the whites), and people who wanted to vote were disenfranchised as a result of capturing, and you tell them a Governor was elected. They will tell you it is a lie.
I am telling them to conduct a fresh election because there is still time to do so.