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After Card Readers Fail, INEC Resorts To Manual Accreditation Of Voters In Enugu

FROM IGNATIUS OKPARA, Enugu – The non functionality of the card reader machine on Saturday forced officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to reverse to the manual accreditation of voters in Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections in Enugu, and parts of South east states.

African Examiner reports that the new technology introduced by the Professor Attahiru Jega, led electoral commission, and failed virtually in all the polling units, visited in Enugu state, a development that made it extremely difficult for voters to be accredited as scheduled.

When our Correspondent visited Aguobowa ward 1 in Ezeagu council Area of Enugu state at about 2pm, voters were seen queuing up for accreditation, but to no avail.

However, following the insistence of the voters that they won’t go until they are accredited, the electoral officers suddenly began to accredit them manually with their permanent voters card PVC.

Although, the machine worked in some places visited by our correspondent, such as Obiagu primary school, and council wards.

Speaking with newsmen on the card reader failure, the Deputy governorship candidate of the PDP in Enugu state, Mrs. Cecilla Ezeillo, who said though, she was accredited via the device, but there was need for INEC to reverse to the former manual system.



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