- Card readers in the ongoing Anambra election have failed to read voters fingerprints
- The card, reportedly, could read the voters card but could not recognise finger prints
- Consequently, officials have resorted to manual accreditation
Card readers deployed in the ongoing Anambra gubernatorial elections have reportedly malfunctioned as it failed to read fingerprints of voters in the state.
The failure of the card readers which successfully read permanent voters card but could not recognize fingerprints across the state has prompted electoral officials to resort to manual accreditation.
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Abiola Akiode of the Transition Monitoring Group while speaking about the card issues said the problem should have been detected and corrected before the election, Sahara Reporters reports.
“This is a minus for INEC because this should have been rectified before today. This has been the case for the use of card reader and INEC should have improved in this aspect.”
Another observer, Amekebe Mary, said the card reader failure is a big blow to the election process.
On his part, Brown Ochie, party agent of All Progressive Grand Alliance said elections have to continue despite the failure of the card reader.
“We have to use manual accreditation because we can't stop the election or keep wasting time because of the card reader.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state, on Saturday, November 18, addressed his supporters at a polling unit, while voting was ongoing.
And in reaction, activists have accused him of violating Electoral Act.
They contended that the governor’s address constituted a form of campaigning, which the law says must end 24 hours before voting.
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