Young Woman Tweets Her Struggles To Cast Vote Amidst 'Incompetent' Election Miscommunication

A young Nigerian woman chronicled her struggles at the polls on February 23 after vote buying, violence and technology failures was reported across the country.Fakhuus Hashim, a prominent Nigerian Twitter user, posted videos and images showing her difficulties trying to record her vote. She reported that she cast her vote at a polling station in Asokoro, Abuja, before the ballots were mistakenly transported to a different location, where officials from Nigeria’s Independent National Election Commission (INEC) tried to nullify them.In the footage, Hashim speaks to the camera and calls INEC “incompetent.”Other videos of Hashim arguing with officials at the polls spread via Whatsapp and other Twitter accounts. Some accused her of engaging in “electoral malpractice” by voting twice. Hashim responded to these accusations by saying the footage was “misconstrued” and that she had been forced to vote twice because of “miscommunication between INEC officials.”Hashim ultimately tweeted that she had cast her vote for Kingsley Moghalu, candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP). Moghalu said that his own voting station had experienced technical difficulties, and remarked that INEC “needs serious risk and project management.”Nigeria’s elections were originally planned for February 16, but INEC said late on February 15 that the vote would be postponed for a week to allow for a “free, fair, and credible” election.Gunfire and violent clashes were reported in Nigeria’s northeast on February 23 as the vote commenced, and delays and complaints of poor organization ran rampant. Credit: Fakhuus Hashim via Storyful

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