Delta Decides 2023: APC leaders in Warri South West raise alarm over missing BVAS machines

Delta Decides 2023: APC leaders in Warri South West raise alarm over missing BVAS machines 

…accuse PDP, security agencies 

The leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta state, has raised an alarm over 10 missing Bimodal Voter Accreditation System machines at the ongoing Governorship and House of Assembly elections in Oporoza Ward 3, a major polling unit within the local government Council.

The APC leaders also demand from INEC immediate cancelation of the election in Oporoza Ward 3 over the missing BVAS machines. While accusing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and security agencies of connivance.

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This was contained in a statement dated Friday March 17, 2023, jointly signed by Dr. Yabrade Moses, APC Oporoza Ward 3 collation agent; Erike Raphael Tarike, APC, Warri South West Secretary and Chief Michael Johnny, Leader, Delta Ijaw APC.

According to them, the BVAS Machines have violently been moved from the rack centre to unknown destination.

The statement reads: “We the ward agents and leaders of Oporoza Ward 3, All Progressives Congress (APC), Warri South West Local Government Area 23 polling units, hereby demand that the governorship and state House of Assembly elections be canceled in the entire ward, due to the fact that the BVAS Machines have violently moved from the rack centre to unknown destination by thugs from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in connival with the two SPOs and security agents to unknown destination around 8:00am.

“We have tried all means necessary to trace the whereabout of the missing BVAS Machines and the SPOs to no avail, hence we demand that elections be canceled, as the integrity of the electoral process has been tampered with.

Meanwhile, GbaramatuVoice reports that voting is yet to commence in Oporoza Ward 3 as at 11:0am.

Our reporter in the community reliably gathered that the delay may not be unconnected with the missing BVAS Machines

Members of the two major political parties were reportedly seen bickering over the controversy  surrounding the disappearance of the voting equipments.

Efforts by our correspondent to reach the Electoral Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the local government proved abortive as at the time of filing this report.

More to follow…

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