Nigeria’s electoral fee has postponed governorship elections deliberate for this weekend by one other week, citing restricted time to reset its voting machines almost two weeks after a controversial presidential vote was disputed by opposition events.
“This choice has not been taken evenly however it’s mandatory to make sure that there’s enough time to again up the info saved on the over 176,000 BVAS machines from the Presidential and Nationwide Meeting elections held on twenty fifth February 2023 after which to reconfigure them for the Governorship and State Meeting elections,” electoral physique INEC mentioned in an announcement late Wednesday.
Nigeria is just not new to ballot delays. Earlier elections within the West African nation have been postponed at very quick discover, typically simply in the future earlier than they have been attributable to happen.
INEC’s Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), an digital voting machine configured with fingerprints and facial recognition options, was on the heart of the controversy that blighted the February 25 polls.
Voters are accredited with the BVAS gadget, which additionally transmits election outcomes from polling stations to an internet server. However outcomes weren’t transmitted on time within the final election, sparking allegations of vote rigging.
A number of observers together with the European Union mentioned the election fell in need of expectations and “lacked transparency.”
The governorship polls initially scheduled for Saturday will now maintain on March 18 and can run concurrently with elections for native parliament representatives.
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