ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – Five members of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ad-hoc staff, who participated in the conduct of the disputed presidential election, have revealed how the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machines failed during the presidential election.
The five INEC members told the court that on the day of the presidential election, all efforts made to upload polling unit results to INEC’s I-Rev portal, using the BVAS machines, failed.
The INEC’s ad-hoc staff members were to be ordered to go to a law court to answer questions, however, only two of them were able to testify on Thursday, with three others reserved for Friday.
The two that testified on Thursday, Egumah Friday and Grace Timothy, told the court that they served as Presiding Officers in Abia and Bauchi, respectively, during the general elections.
The witnesses told the court that on the day of the presidential election, all efforts they made to upload polling unit results to INEC’s I-Rev portal, using the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS, machines, failed.
The witnesses also said they were however surprised that though results of the presidential election failed to upload through the BVAS machines, they were able to upload results of the National Assembly elections that held on the same day.
The subpoenaed INEC ad-hoc staff members who are ex-corps members, further noted that they however snapped pictures of the results with the BVAS machines.
Though President Tinubu and the APC did not oppose the evidence of the second subpoenaed witness, Grace, they however accused the first witness, Friday, of being an impostor.
They told the court that the name of the Presiding Officer that was at the polling unit that Friday claimed that he served on the election day, was Faga Kehen.
The Justice Tsammani-led panel adjourned further hearing on the case till Friday.