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Edo election polls: INEC card readers fail in Auchi

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Some of the card readers deployed by the Independent National Electoral Commission  failed to function at Auchi, during Edo governorship election

Some of the card readers deployed by the Independent National Electoral Commission  failed to function at Ipkeshi, near Auchi, during the governorship election in Edo.

The device could not function in Ward 11 and 12 at Okhueromoh Primary School, Ipkeshi, when the INEC official attempted to accredit voters for the poll.

Some of the voters, Mr Agbada Jerry and Charles Monday, decried the development and said that it would delay the voting process.

The INEC Polling Officer, Mr Mubarak Jubril, told NAN that the card readers could read and confirm the PVCs, but couldn’t read most fingers.

“We have complained to INEC and we are directed to use the manual accreditation, and that is what we are using now,” Jubril said.

Similarly, the card reader failed at Ward 4, Unit 17, in Oredo Local Government Area, but the machine was replaced by INEC officials.

INEC Deputy Director of Publicity, Nick  Dazang,  said the decision to use Incident Form was right.

“When the card reader reads the PVCs and unable to read the biometrics of the voters, they are directed to used the  Incident Form and the voters register,’’ Dazang said.

In a related development, some politicians have commended the conduct of the election.

Chief John Oyegun, the National Chairman of All Progressives Congress(APC), who voted at Ward 2, Unit 2 in Oredo Local Government Area at 11: 45, said: “I am impressed with the conduct of the election so far.

“The atmosphere has been peaceful and the weather has been very friendly to us all. The voters have been wonderful in their conduct,’’ he said.

Oyegun also commended the large turnout of voters, saying: “ the turnout is wonderful and I am pleasantly surprised.’’

“This is the best turnout so far in years. This is the best so far because I have always voted here.

“I hope, and it’s presumed that something good is about to happen in the state.

“It is a sign that the people are beginning to express their democratic rights and that democracy has become totally widespread in the state.

“It’s peaceful so far because I have been watching events on TV.’’

He described the security arrangement as “lovely and wonderful”.

“As the National Chairman of my party, it was something that was of grave concern to us all.

“All the security agencies have given us iron clad assurance that there will not be a major incident,’’ he said.

On the allegation of money inducement in some centres, he responded: “I have not seen any here where I have just voted.’’

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