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The Senator representing the good people of Abia-South Senatorial District of Abia State in the National Assembly, Enyinnaya Abaribe has hailed the introduction of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS stressing that he may not have won his recent election if not for the innovation.
The former Senate Minority leader also admitted that the cash crunch caused by the cashless policy stopped widespread vote buying.
Abaribe made this known in Abuja at a seminar organised by the Media Educational Development Initiative for Africa, themed ‘Peace Journalism and Consolidation of Democracy in Nigeria.’
The former deputy governor expressed gratitude to God that he survived the Peter Obi tsunami in the Southeast which retired some politicians.
‘I benefited from BVAS. The technology was right, the only issue is that we have to eliminate human interference,’ the lawmaker said.
The Eastern Updates reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), still faces criticisms over the malfunctioning of the machines in some polling units.
Abaribe defeated Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to win the February 25 Abia South senatorial election.
He polled 49,693 votes to defeat Chinedu Onyeizu of the Labour Party, LP, who scored 43,903. Ikpeazu got 28,422 votes but rejected the results.
Prof. Georgina Ugwuanyi, the Returning Officer, also announced LP’s Emeka Nnamani won Aba South and North federal constituency with 35,502 votes.
The governor stated that INEC should not have declared his rival in the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, the winner.
He wondered why a declaration was made after the commission confirmed polls were not conducted in 108 polling units in Obingwa, Aba South and Abia North.