Godwin Maduka, candidate for the Accord Party Governorate in the government elections recently conducted in the state of Anambra, rejected the results that awarded Charles Chukwuma Soludo of the APGA as the winner.
Maduka, who spoke to BBC News Igbo, said the assurances given by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were not met as the Biometric Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) malfunctioned in many electoral units during the elections.
Maduka: This election is very strange because what I saw was not what I expected.
My displeasure is that what we were told was, (on election day), your photograph will be taken, your name will be shown to you and then you will be given a ballot paper to go and vote.
However, the reality was that when they started capturing using the BVAS machine, some people stayed there for around five (5) hours, but it was not possible to capture due to technical issues.
I would be very happy if this “capture” could be shelved so that you can go back to the old system of getting to the polling station, looking for your name, voting and then the vote is counted.
This BVAS accreditation system has been a problem throughout Anambra, as some people have not been caught even after nearly 10 times; it happened to me and I was told it happened to Soludo too. Many Anambranos (myself included) are very disappointed in the process.
What we were told before the election is different from what happened that day. An election in which the poor, the rich, the elderly did not vote because they were not captured by the BVAS machine cannot be accepted by me.
Asked by the journalist what his next step will be:
Maduka: I’m telling them to conduct a new governorate election if they want peace in the state of Anambra. How can you say that we are in a democracy (brought to us by whites), and the people who wanted to vote have been deprived of the right to vote because of the capture, and you tell them that a governor has been elected. They’ll tell you it’s a lie.
I am telling them to conduct a new election because there is still time to do so.