The Independent National Electoral Commissioner (INEC) had on Saturday admitted hiccups in the conduct of the governorship election in Anambra State. The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Anambra State, Nkwachukwu Orji, in Awka, noted that there were resistance and disruptions to the electoral process in some parts of Anambra State on Saturday.
The REC disclosed further that some accreditation devices malfunctioned, causing unexpected delays, adding that the commission was unable to make necessary deployment to certain areas.
Nwachukwu maintained that, however, INEC will rely on its guidelines and the law to determine the modality for collation of results on a case-by-case basis.
Nwachukwu had stated: “We are now receiving information on areas where there were resistance to deployment by the commission, where there were disruptions to the election process that already commenced, where we have sustained malfunctioning of the accreditation device, the BIVAS, and where we were unable to deploy as a commission.
“In each case, the commission’s regulations and guidelines and other existing laws will be used to address these issues.
“Where elections held, collation of results will proceed, and the applicable EC40G instrument will be used in line with the provision of the electoral law.
“If there are areas where there is a determination that the collation of results cannot take place at the RA collation centres, collation will now take place at the LGA collation centres.”