19th March, 2023
By Angela Atabo
ActionAid Nigeria has commended INEC for the improvements recorded in the area of logistics and functionality of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) during Saturday’s elections.
It said that the BVAS functioned adequately in 80 per cent of polling units across the country.
ActionAid Nigeria Programme Director, Governance, Celestine Odo, said this while presenting reports from its election observation at a news conference in Abuja.
Odo said that Saturday’s election was a great improvement on the Feb. 25 presidential and National Assembly elections.
“The conduct of the election was impressive given the early arrival of election materials; we observed that deployment of election materials in states started on Wednesday.
“This was great compared to the deployment of materials that started on Friday during the presidential election.
“Regrettably, the voter turnout for the election was low, it is obvious that voter apathy has set in given what happened during the last election,” he said.
Odo said that due to naira scarcity, political parties resorted to vote buying in states like Kano with wrappers and food items, while in Rivers and Enugu states, it was done in a different form.
“From the reports we are getting, we did not see much of cash exchange, what we are told is vote buying with wrappers, food items, chicken among others,” he said.
Odo said that there were pockets of violence in 10 locations recorded in Rivers, Kano and Lagos states.
ActionAid Nigeria Director of Programmes, Suwaiba Dankabo, said that voter turn-out, including women, was low, but hailed security presence at the polling units.