NBA decries BVAs challenges

The Nigerian Bar Association has praised the Independent National Electoral Commission for their efforts in organizing the general elections in 2023.

According to NBA observers, there has been widespread compliance in terms of movement restrictions and voter turnout.

However, the association decried the difficulties encountered in the use of BVAs, particularly in Rivers, Lagos, Plateau, and other states, with particular emphasis on the Asokoro district.

"I have also received reports of challenges with the use of BVAS, particularly in some parts of Rivers, Lagos, Plateau, Kano, and Kaduna States, including some parts of FCT," the NBA president wrote in his letter.

"I make specific reference to polling unit number 003 in Asokoro District, opposite the ECOWAS Secretariat".

Furthermore, the association condemned the late arrival of INEC officials and materials in many parts of the country, noting that materials arrived more than an hour late in 75% of polling stations other than the FCT, Ekiti, Lagos, and Kaduna states.

He urged Nigerians to work hard to ensure free and fair elections, while pledging the NBA's continued support for the electoral process.

"I encourage all stakeholders to strive to ensure fair, free, credible, inclusive and verifiable elections".

"The NBA and its members across the country will continue to support INEC and all other stakeholders in the electoral process," the NBA said. I commend all NBA observers across and encourage them to continue to report the progress of voting or related incidents from their locations across the country".

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