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INEC Attributes Delay in Arrival of Election Materials to Perennial Challenges of Logistics, Insecurity

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has attributed the late arrival of election materials to some voting locations to perennial challenges of logistics and insecurity.

Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made this known while updating the media on ongoing presidential and national assembly elections nationwide, at the National Collation Centre, in Abuja.

Yakubu however assured Nigerians that no voter will be disenfranchised, noting that any voter on queue before 2:30 pm will be allowed to cast their vote irrespective of the time.

Speaking on the functionality of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, the INEC Chairman said the Commission has been observing the process nationwide, he noted that the BVAS deployed for election functioned optimally in many parts of the country.

Professor Yakubu said “Voting is going on nationwide, the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) deployed nationwide for the first time has been functioning optimally in most parts of the country.

“Based on the reports we have received from various states of the Federation and the FCT, some challenges were identified, one of which is the inability of the commision in a number of places to open the polling units at the appointed hour of 8:30am.

” Some of the polling units opened late but in line with our policy, any Nigerian who is on the queue will have the opportunity to vote no matter how long it takes, the last person on the queue before 2:30pm will vote”.

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