Breaking: Three Die In Accident Involving Katsina Gov’s Convoy
An accident involving the convoy of the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari has seen at least three people lose their lives.
According to Daily Trust, the accident happened while the governor was on his way to his hometown, Masari in Kafur Local Government on Friday night.
He was heading there for the governorship and state assembly elections. Sources that spoke with the platform said two policemen and a civilian lost their lives in the accident.
Source: Dailytrust/Naija News
22 BVAS machines missing in Rivers
About 22 of the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System, BVAS, in Rivers State for the Governorship and House of Assembly polls are feared missing. This was as over 6865 of the machines deployed to the state have been successfully reconfigured for Saturday’s polls.
It was gathered that three of the accreditation machines were damaged beyond repairs, hence cannot be used for the polls. The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Johnson Alalibo, told newsmen and representatives of election observers for the polls that the development would not affect the process.
Alalibo said the commission has enough back-up systems, adding that the missing ones would not disturb the process in anyway. He said that the electoral umpire would ensure that those missing gadgets would not be used by criminals. The INEC’s REC further promised that election results would be uploaded in real time after the voting process, assuring of a free and fair process.
However, the State representative of the YIAGA Africa, Obinna Ebogidi, has urged INEC to ensure that their promise of enough machines should to be guaranteed. Ebogidi said: “The REC told us that 22 of the BVAS machines are missing while “6865 BVAS machines have been reconfigured ahead of Saturday’s poll. “Our concern is that results should be uploaded from the polling units early to avoid a repeat of what transferred in the last election.”
Gov’ship Polls: Court Orders INEC To Upload Results To IREV
A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to transmit the results of the governorship and state assembly elections electronically from the polling units.
Justice Obiora Egwuatu, on Friday, also ordered the use of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) to upload the scanned copy of EC8A to the INEC Result Viewing Portal (IREV) immediately after the elections in Akwa Ibom. The judge further ordered INEC to paste results EC60 (E) at polling units after completing the EC8A result sheets in the state.
He further directed INEC to enforce compliance of section 27(1) of the Electoral Act, 2022 in the distribution of electoral materials during the conduct of the polls in the state by engaging independent, competent and reliable logistics companies. The suit followed an application by the Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom State, Uduakobong Udoh and 13 state House of Assembly candidates, through their counsel, Moses Uzoh-Abia.
They had sought seven reliefs seeking to compel INEC to comply with the provisions of clauses 37 and 38 of INEC guidelines and regulations for the 2023 general elections.