Vote-buying mars #AnambraDecides2021 amidst BVAS failure

Vote-buying is currently going on as the gubernatorial election in Anambra State today is on.

There are about 2.5 million electorates who have received their voting credentials for the race which has 18 candidates.

Across several polling units visited by this reporter, vote-buying was ongoing despite the presence of security agencies who are atimes accomplices.

For instance, in PU 10, Ward 3, Amawbia South local government area, three police officer who are supposed to arrest party agents monetarily sourcing for votes received N1000 each, while some electorates received same amount others collected N500.

In Awka South, this reporter observed that the situation was the same. Posing as one of the electorates who casted his vote at PU 010, Ward 02, this reporter entered a gated compound nearby where he received N2500 for exercising his franchise.

Amidst all of these, the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) has failed to capture voters in some polling units across the state. In Aguata, most of the PUs visited were experiencing same issues. It was the same at Njikoka, Anambra East, Dunukofia, Idemmilli South, Orumba South, Amawbia South, Onitsha South local councils among others.