INEC says Card Reader test successful, admits 41% fingerprint failure

Card reader

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has expressed satisfaction with Saturday’s field-testing of card readers, planned for use in validation of voters in the March 28 and April 11 general elections.

The electoral body said in a statement that the exercise, held in 12 states from the six geo-political zones of the country, was successful and will prove useful during the elections. It however acknowledged challenges in confirming finger prints.

The statement came amid controversies between the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which opposes the use of card readers during the polls, and the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, which backs the policy.
INEC says the cards will help combat electoral fraud.

The electoral body said it achieved 100 per cent success in its objective of verifying the authenticity of the Permanent Voter Cards presented by voters on Saturday.

On the biometric authentication of voters, INEC conceded that only 59 per cent of voters who turned out for the demonstration had their fingerprints successfully authenticated.

However, the Commission allayed fears of disenfranchisement of voters, saying provision for manual validation had long been put in place for such cases.

“The Commission, in agreement with registered political parties, had provided in the approved Guidelines for the conduct of the 2015 elections that where biometric authentication of a legitimate holder of a genuine PVC becomes challenging, there could be physical authentication of the person and completion of an Incident Form, to allow the person to vote,” the statement by spokesperson, Kayode Idowu, said.

The card readers’ test showed the devices could help generate data essential for research and planning purposes, INEC said.

“The Smart Card Readers provide disaggregated data of accredited voters in male/female and elderly/youth categories – a disaggregation that is vital for research and planning purposes, but which INEC until now had been unable to achieve. The demonstration on Saturday fully served this objective,” it stated.

The electoral body said the card readers were able to send data of all accredited voters from polling units to the Commission’s central server, thereby checking attempts at fraudulent alterations.

However, the test-run in Ebonyi State will be repeated on Saturday as the state recorded that highest number of cases of failed fingerprint validation, INEC said.

The Commission said it “took a serious view of the high rate of the SCRs’ failure to authenticate voters’ fingerprints in some areas, particularly in Ebonyi State, and has decided to thoroughly investigate the cause; as well as repeat the public demonstration in that state.

“This demonstration will be conducted in the particular Registration Area involved in the last exercise, namely Izzi Unuhu (Abakaliki Local Government Area); as well as in Ibii/Oziza Registration Area (Afikpo North LGA). The repeat demonstration will be on Saturday, March 14th 2015.”

Meanwhile, a coalition of civil society organisations, Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, has thrown its weight behind INEC on the use of card readers and permanent voter cards for the forthcoming general elections.

The group said its observation of Saturday’s test run showed that the exercise was highly successful.

Situation Room said the exercise passed integrity test and was commendable.

“On the basis of the test and assurances of improvement, Situation Room calls on the full use and deployment of the Card Readers and PVCs for the 2015 Nigeria general elections,” it said.

It observed that “the card readers functioned properly with occasional connectivity issues and the verification process of the PVC was almost seamless…”

Although it noted there were reports of delays and challenges in authentication of fingerprints, the group added, “however, people were asked to fill incident forms, which did not stop them from being accredited but slowed the process”.

Situation Room urged INEC to improve on areas where it had challenges in the course of the Saturday’s mock election.

These areas, Situation Room said, included voter education and civic orientation; biometric authentication process; transportation of electoral personnel, especially in the rural areas; and “issue of discrepancies of details on the PVC and the card reader in a way that the Card Reader can be reconfigured in a timely manner so as to avoid disenfranchisement of any voter.”


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  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    A finger-print ID failure rate of 41% means a possible failure of more than 4 out of 10 voters !! THAT IS A HUGE RISK WHICH MIGHT LEAD TO CHAOS AND VIOLENCE,THE CARD READER MUST BE ABANDONED FOR NOW IN THE INTEREST OF PEACE !!

    • progress

      Biometric verification is only a part of the process and therefore the challenges recorded is not more than the benefit therefrom.

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        What benefit are you talking about when INEC has categorically accepted the possibility of 40% of voters being disenfranchised !

        • Lanre

          Please read the INEC statement again and stop spreading false information. Where the SCR fails to authenticate the biometric (fingerprint) of the voter, the voter will be allowed to vote after the filling of INEC’s Incident Form.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            The idea of a two tier verification process is unacceptable and prone to fraud .In the interest of peace and transparency,all voters MUST be subject to the same process. There is no trust for Jega who seems to be supporting his Fulani klansman Buhari .

          • Olu

            A deceiver will always come out to deceive. PDP has FAILED. Bye, bye, uncle Jona

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            I know you have run out of logic and as typical of APC supporters you are displaying intolerance and violent tendencies !!

          • tundemash

            Go and return your cloned cards and collect your original PVC from INEC before March 28th !

          • Philip Musa

            Yes! Return them to Awolowo… double tongue masters!!

          • tundemash

            Ethnic bigot, tell that to Abati, Bode George, Obanikoro, fayose, busuruji or are they also cross-bred chimps as yourself from the creek ?

          • Philip Musa

            you forgot to throw in your mother’s name, abimbola! BTW, have her ready her PVC card too. She MUST VOTE for GEJ, like it or not!!

          • tundemash

            kai …. who mixed the drink at the amnesty camp this morning ?

          • Philip Musa

            your mother mixed it!

          • tundemash

            Keep jabbing the air, it is the effect of too much cheap gogoro !

          • Philip Musa

            Cheap gogoro courtesy of yours truly… your MOTHER!

          • Chikwado

            I have followed your comments for weeks and can only conclude that you lack depth in reasoning, your arguments are multifacetedly incoherent, lacking sound and logical deductions, reminiscence of parochial subtitles that adored the old French Oligarchy. You are a good candidate of “Change”

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Thank you very much but I beg to disagree .

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            What about the ILLITERATES that cannot READ nor WRITE? Who is going to fill the FORMS for them? Has INEC made provisions for the ILLITERATES in the event of card Reader failure?
            This CARD READER of a thing has too MANY QUESTIONS than ANSWERS. Belive me, one life of a NIGERIA lost due to CARD READERS deficiencies shall be prosecuted to the HAGUE because INEC has been warned beforehand.

        • tundemash

          Benefit is the electoral body said it achieved 100 per cent success in its objective of verifying the authenticity of the Permanent Voter Cards presented by voters on Saturday.

          My Advice: don’t show up at the poll booth with the cloned card your paymasters have given to you!

    • Concerned

      It would be much simpler if GEJ supplies pipe bourne water to the general populace so like most citizens of the world their hands are clean enough to be read by machines.

      It’s this governments failure to provide basic necessities to its people you should be concerned with not machines that have been used successfully in smaller economies like Ghana!

      • Godfrey Etokebe

        Your statement would have made more sense if you had asked INEC to provide ethanol at the voting booths. You do not remove fat With water.

        • Concerned

          I said their hands were dirty not greasy!

          Besides warm water removes grease more effectively but I guess it would be too much to expect Nigerians to have access to both hot and cold pipe bourne water like they do in more developed economies – especially those not laying claim to being the biggest economy in Africa!

          • Godfrey Etokebe

            INEC said GREASY HANDS, why are contradicting Your INEC and APC FRAUDMASTERS? Tolerable warm water does not remove GREASE!!

          • Concerned

            I said dirty !
            I pray that God will give you access to running warm water one day so you can experience what it can do

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        SW Nigeria has more population than Ghana…….and keep to the subject matter you dummy !!

        • Concerned

          The subject matter is efficiency of card readers which in the GEJ era had been impacted on by his governments failure to meet his flaunted Millenium development goal of access to clean portable water for the people

          Clean hands = less hand printing failures = faster processing

          The buck stops at GEJ’s failures

          The test sample was smaller than the population of Ghana so by your own twisted logic is not relevant

          So why all the fake hue and cry – you enemy of progress!

          • Africa

            Spot on bro!

    • tundemash

      The electoral body said it achieved 100 per cent success in its objective of verifying the authenticity of the Permanent Voter Cards presented by voters on Saturday.

      My Advice: Go and return the coned cards, they are useless now !

  • Ogom

    I don’t get how “41% fingerprints failure” can be declared successful. Is it because the PVCs that failed were bogus and were quite rightly excluded or what?

    • abc

      Is it because the finger prints of some people, especially those who use their hands on hard manual labour is distorted.

      • Ogom

        Na wa oh.. Then then need to start educating voters to come to the polling station with clean hands (in every sense).

    • IskaCountryman

      dont eat gbegiri before you go for screening…

    • tundemash

      Stop reading while drinking ogogoro, u will miss the important details

      The electoral body said it achieved 100 per cent success in its objective of verifying the authenticity of the Permanent Voter Cards presented by voters on Saturday.

      My Advice: don’t show up at the poll booth with the cloned card your paymasters have given to you!

  • Charlotte

    Tell people to bring ID with them if they can’t authenticate with fingerperints.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Well we do not have a COMPULSORY biometric ID because some from the northern oligarchy have stood against it for years because they want to maintain false population figures which place Kano as more populated than Lagos.

      A compulsory ID card system would have solved all this problem like in other countries of the world but this silly duplication will be more expensive and prone to manipulation,Your suggestion is good but not practical because very few Nigerians have ID.

  • Okey

    This so-called “Situation Room” is a group of notorious individuals who live off foreign donors by orchestrating and filing reports of a perpetually “horrible condition of Nigeria” to their foreign sponsors.

    In the the second half of this administration however, these individuals have been sustaining their plastic patriotism on sponsorship of a major political party. Otherwise, how and where on earth, will a group of Civil Society Organizations actively advocate for the disenfranchisement of over 23 Million citizens in an election and despite the glaring fact that INEC was less than 10% ready when Jega, APC and these notorious characters in this so-called Situation Room insisted that election must be held on February 14 ?

    Now, certainly, a card reader test for a major and highly contentious election that admits of 41% failure is a huge FAILURE when it is considered that this 41% is made up of human beings, citizens who may likely note vote on election day or who may be directed to a comparatively unsatisfactory requirements for reason only that they came out to cast their vote, and who may stir up crisis for being subjected to extra rituals, all on account of the errors of INEC.

    It is certainly a fraudulent people situated in a fraudulent room that can hold and say 41% error in an election matter “does not matter.”

    • otapete

      99% voters participation is fraudulent and it will not be possible with PVC . Pls this is a very important reason PVC should be used Northwest or Southeast.

      • Okey

        Yes, 99% participation “of the electorate” is fraudulent. But that’s not what we are talking about here. Premium Times is informing us of 41% of “willing and ready voters who came out and queued to vote” but were disallowed by Jega’s machine. The irony is, like Jega’s deliberately skewed distribution of voters card which saw crisis-torn North West where over 4 Million Southerners have run away and North East recording 80% collection while South West that is peaceful and more politically vibrant recorded less than 40%, this 41% is not even “distributed” nationwide. Now see the scenario: PVC failed to capture Igbo Senators when Jega went to test-run it in the Senate; recorded 90% failure in Ebonyi State; recorded 50% failure in Anambra (South East test-run states); and, could not identify most rural dwellers in Jigawa (all PDP states).

        Again, remember that earlier, Jega had told the world, he won’t use Card Reader in Ekiti and Osun elections because according Jega, they were “too important and crucial.” Whatever then makes the 2015 nationwide and presidential elections “unimportant” and “non-crucial,” and compels a mechanism that, according to this report by Premium Times, holds the reality of disenfranchising 41% of the electorate can only appeal to anyone with less than noble intention.

        • otapete

          What do you say about 99% voter turnout in the Southeast. How do you stop a repeat of such a massive fraud? Without a credible elections the politicians will not be accountable.

          • Okey

            You are still engaging in dialogue of the deaf. Your card reader could not permit 41% of voters who came out and were ready to vote. If allowed, no fraud could be worse than that. If it is 1% (one percent) that came out now to vote, you must allow them vote. It is more fraudulent and crisis laden to disenfranchise a voter who came out to vote than to count one who did not vote. You do not create another fraud to “correct” the earlier one. Otherwise, if you disenfranchise 80% of Ebonyi willing and ready voters, must disenfranchise 80% of Kano State willing and ready voters.

          • otapete

            You people will not have a government very soon. Somali will be like a child’s play. Continue your games.

          • Okey

            Nigeria will stand gidigbam. Your mission of spilling the blood of the baboon (the rich) and of the dogs (the poor masses) in the guise of participating in the 2015 election will come naught. Attempt to actualize it and be crushed. Nothing will happen to the unity and corporate existence of this great country. That, I can assure you.

          • otapete

            Be on the lookout.

  • Isi Agwo

    According to “Professor” Jega’s INEC, 41% of fingerprint tests with the PVC reader failed but the card reader test was consider a “success.” This is a quota system “professor” of nonsense teaching us nonsense. Nigeria we hail thee.

    • DA COL(RTD)

      You got that one right. 50% failure rate is acceptable in Nigeria. They clearly should have left Iwu on that job.

    • tundemash

      I guess you were drinking from the ogogoro glass when you got to….

      The electoral body said it achieved 100 per cent success in its objective of verifying the authenticity of the Permanent Voter Cards presented by voters on Saturday.

      My Advice: don’t show up at the poll booth with the cloned card your paymasters have given to you!

      • Philip Musa

        …even your father will vote for GEJ on that day! Like it or not!!

        • tundemash

          Keep drinking and hallucinating !

          • Philip Musa

            …about your mother that SHALL vote for GEJ that is!!

          • tundemash

            Cheap drinks dey run belle ! Easy on ogogoro creek monkey.

          • Philip Musa

            …as your mama belle dey run now. Only a vote for GEJ will cure her!

          • tundemash

            Keep hallucinating. When the “awoof” amnesty money dries up May29th; it’s back hopelessness!

          • Philip Musa

            …just as your mother’s hopeless about life!

  • bib

    Well done INEC. 100% PVC identification and 59% biometric identification gives 79.5% average. That is B+ or second class upper! Besides arrangement has been made for manual biometric identification if card readers fail to read thumb prints. You have done very well.

    • Godfrey Etokebe

      Who gave you an educational certificate? Do you know a terminology called ”WEIGHTED SCORE”?

      • bib

        It’s not uniport!

        • Godfrey Etokebe

          At UNIPORT weighted score is an understandable terminology! POOR YOU!!!

        • Tobibs

          Looooooooool!

        • tundemash

          Thanks for putting that cl0wn where he belongs !

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Your analogy lacks logic,what arrangement have you got for an illiterate grandmother who cannot read her name if the card reader fails her. 41% failure can only be interpreted as a colossal failure,the democratic rights of Nigerians cannot be quantified by any bogus indices,it is of inestimable value !

      • Olusola

        Tawanda how market?

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          Ask your wife !!

          • NIGERIAN

            Tawanda, you should have accepted my brotherly advice for seeking asylum in UK when you went to demonstrated against GMB at CHATHAM HOUSE.By now you might have settled on undertaker job in the UK.For sure GEJ is losing that’s way emptying the remaining foreign reserves to engaged on his genius Dollarisation scheme,hence his new name is Dollar Spraying Machine Jonothing Evacuation Asorock to Otuoke.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Your poor grasp of the English language is suggestive of a very half baked education. I prefer to stick to the subject matter instead of wasting valuable bytes on rubbish !!

      • Guguru

        Tawanda,

        Just how much are you paid to sell your soul everyday? You realize that once Jonathan is defeated you could be unemployed? How do you make up for the potential financial loss since the funds that will be used to pay you to stay glued online, will be vanishing?

        • Andy Esotu

          Address the issue and stop talking rubbish please!

          • Guguru

            Shut up. Don’t you see that Tawanda is troubled? In your village, do you address the issues presented to you by troubled persons?

      • tundemash

        As long as her PVC is authenticated by the card reader and her name is on the list, she will vote; that is the manual identification.
        This news has totally rubbished the billions used by your paymasters to store cloned PVC cards ! Go lick your wounds ; it is over ….. back to the Otuoke jungle.

    • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

      Who gives you a score for showing for an exam?
      What are your brains made of?

      • bib

        Go speak with the ogogoro stoned brain. He might understand your ogogoro stoned English.

  • warry

    If at the end of the day we may resort to manual identification of persons with the filling of incident form as the card readers cannot read fingerprints. At 41% failure rate,why don’t we then use the TVC. Once fingerprints cannot be red,the card readers are useless. I don’t know why INEC is saying, this is a success. May be the meaning of success has changed in Nigeria.

    • Election Terrorism Going On Now In Kawo, Kaduna State.

      Nigerians residing in Kaduna state are worried by the development in Kaduna state, where non-Hausa/Fulanis and Non Muslims PVCs were removed by INEC officials and local Opposition politicians and destroyed to ensure that they do not vote in the coming general election. >>>>what a shame

    • IskaCountryman

      blame the yaribas for failure of card readers…they eat too much palm oil…

  • Africa

    Up INEC!!!

  • Godfrey Etokebe

    INEC is a BIG JOKE. If you start filling 41% incidence forms and at the same time you have a time limit of Threes hours for accreditation of voters, IS THIS REALLY POSSIBLE? WHO IS GOING TO FILL THE INCIDENCE FORMS FOR THE ILLITERATES? If we have been told that the highest Level of illiteracy is in NORTHERN NIGERIA, IS THIS NOT A DIRECT ROUTE Applied by INEC to disenfranchized the Northern Nigerians more than the Southern Nigerians?

    • Tobibs

      Your name sounds like Otuoke.

      • Godfrey Etokebe

        ONE IN THE WORLD!!

    • Anyasa Umigbo

      From all evidence before us, we can deduce that semi-illiterate Bokohari himself will fall short if asked to complete the incidence form.

  • The most useless organisation we have in the country today is INEC———–How the people in the rural areas of the country going to be accredited by INEC–its as if INEC contracted these–card readers to APC agents—————-because if the physical identification process is going to be used to ensure that voters are allowed to vote when doubts rise up against a given voter why waste time with the so-called card readers–which will sure disfranchise voters-

    • tundemash

      Cl0wn …. the card readers is to validate the authenticity of the card and decline the cloned ones by your party and that objective was achieved 100%; i know it is another day of sadness for you and may this last forever !

    • Guguru

      Burning Spear,

      Why don’t you throw the remainder of your spear in that burning pile of trash?

  • Election Terrorism Going On Now In Kawo, Kaduna State.

    Nigerians residing in Kaduna state are worried by the development in Kaduna state, where non-Hausa/Fulanis and Non Muslims PVCs were removed by INEC officials and local Opposition politicians and destroyed to ensure that they do not vote in the coming general election. >>>>

    • IskaCountryman

      is that so?…then convert or perish…

  • BIAFRA

    before 14th feb. Jega said he was almost ready to conduct the election, after the postponement, he shifted the pvc distribution to 8 march and as at yesterday he has shifted the pvs distribution again till 22 march, now he has recorded 41% failure in biometric authentication of voters finger print and introduced the incident form for physical examination. something is wrong somewhere. but,before this time next week it will unfold.

    • tundemash

      It is unfortunate that story was not written in your local dialect, maybe you would have had a better understanding.

      “The electoral body said it achieved 100 per cent success in its objective of verifying the authenticity of the Permanent Voter Cards presented by voters on Saturday.” —- Main objective achieved. Fake cards cloned by your party cannot be used.

      “On the biometric authentication of voters, INEC conceded that only 59 per cent of voters who turned out for the demonstration had their fingerprints successfully authenticated.” —- Some people might not be identified as the owner of the cards on them but INEC said they had a backup plan to use manual validation as highlighted below.

      However, the Commission allayed fears of disenfranchisement of voters, saying provision for manual validation had long been put in place for such cases.”

      Mor0n ….. what are u really saying ? I wish i could write this in Igbo for you …. can anyone out there hep interpret for him please ?

      • Philip Musa

        he’s really saying that you should shut your ugly-ass mouth! That’s his point exactly a-hole!!

        • tundemash

          Too early to get drunk creek monkey !

          • Philip Musa

            …looking around! Can’t find your mother around here!! Guess she’s truly drunk!!!

          • tundemash

            No. Only cross-bred chimps live at the creek!

          • Philip Musa

            …and those chimps are miles ahead of your mother’s dream life!! How ’bout that!!!

          • tundemash

            Keep hallucinating ! Reality will soon overtake your fantasy !

          • Philip Musa

            Hallucinating about what? Your mother voting for GEJ? That’s guaranteed already! No going back!!

        • ogechi

          Ur moMa might got not an assHole,she has Meyer Rokitansky Syndrome

      • Olu from South Africa

        May be Google translator can help him.

        • tundemash

          lol! They have phobia for card reader, you don’t expect him to know how to use google translator.

  • tundemash

    The electoral body said it achieved 100 per cent success in its objective of verifying the authenticity of the Permanent Voter Cards presented by voters on Saturday.

    My prediction is that , having realised their plan of using cloned cards have failed, PDP will now encourage their e-rats to go out and collect their genuine PVC from INEC so expect more noise from e-rats about the inability of INEC to deliver the PVCs into their bedrooms !

    Welldone Jega, you are a man on a mission to lay a lasting legacy. Please continue to answer the desperate PDP and e-rats with your dignified silence !

    • Philip Musa

      your great grand father SHALL vote for GEJ! Like it or not, it SHALL come to pass!!

      • Guguru

        Phillip Musa,

        We understand that you feel threatened that once Jonathan is out of office, finding new employment may be a challenge for you. So, your outbursts are not unusual. You will do well to start looking for a new job rather than remain an e-rat for life.

    • Guguru

      tunde,

      Nice. Very good.

    • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

      Do you even have a brain?
      Is success here calculated by sitting for an exam or scoring the required cut off mark? Think for once.
      With 41% failure it is simply a disaster and unless something is done in 2 weeks and the test rerun with better result, this thing is evidently not ready for use.

      • Olu from South Africa

        What is your exasperation all about. You need not panic. Your acclaimed Dumbo is the man of the people. He has done well all nooks and crannies of Nigeria. The love of him has no bounds. If just only one PVC is issued, the vote is for him. Go and relax son.

  • sammyctu ode

    The maturity of pdp is so low that I for one cannot understand why a so called biggest party in Africa can be opposed to all steps INEC is putting in place to give us credible elections. One expects a good transparent government to always respect constituted authority but that is not the case with jonathan and pdp since 99.9% of people in that useless party are criminals who want to continue to take Nigeria into the 10th century. if A PRESIDENT OF A COUNTRY CAN SAY THE EKITIGATE IS FABRICATED WITHOUT ANY INVESTIGATION, NIGERIA IS IN DEEP TROBLE IN THE HANDS OF THIS USELESS ADDMINISTRATION OF jonathan and pdp. There is no perfection in any system so let INEC DO HER JOB.

    • Shehu Monguno

      At 41% failure rate as admitted by INEC, PDP has been right all the time. It is time for INEC to come out with a concrete backup plan

  • olawale

    We all ready for the polls.GMB2015

  • Chikezie

    I can see that with this, the PDPigs are gone and finished. They were banking on the sane fraudulent process where they allotted themselves 99.9 per cent of all registered votes in the South East and South South in 2011 to steal another victory. We can see from their very shameful and disgraceful opposition to card readers and PVCs that the rouge party only exists on stealing every election in sight but this one has surely failed them. Expect the full unmasking of a den of fruadsters on March 28.

  • Shehu Monguno

    At 41% failure rate as admitted by INEC, PDP has been right all the time. It is time for INEC to come out with a concrete workable backup plan acceptable to all Nigerians

    • Alex

      The backup plan is the use of “Incident Report Form” for those whose finger prints cannot be captured to allow them vote. INEC has said they will be allowed to vote. What else do you wnat Jega to do?

    • Bunduma Mohammed

      41% for biometric but 100% PVC.Only peope who lost their PVC would resort t buiometric. Please PDP man save us time since your rigging machine has just crashed.

      • Shehu Monguno

        Bunduma, please what is the difference between the biometrics and PVC? What the biometrics is to the PVC is what an engine is to a car

  • onenigerian2014

    Dear Mr. APC twerps, I don’t have a short temper I just have a low tolerance for
    stupidity, immaturity & ignorance. Don’t mix bad words with your bad mood. You’ll
    have many opportunities to change a mood, but you’ll never get the opportunity
    to replace the words you wrote. 41% failure that a big risk!! INEC must come out
    with an alternative.

  • favourtalk

    Let the election come forth by March 28, Nigeria needs to decide on who govern them for the next four years. We can’t just sit down and pretend that all is well with nigeria when it is not. We need change right now. Buhari all the way

  • God Help us

    Is funny that INEC is calling 41% finger print failure a success, I see disaster coming but not war.

    • DrOye

      Calm down. Finger print verification is just one of the two processes inec is adoption for accreditation during election. The most important is PVC verification which recorded 100% success. Also, there is provision for incident situations like failure of thumb authentication. These are clearly stated in the article

      • God Help us

        I still have my reservations based on the fact that I have been the system for a long time and know how the cover up issues are treated, the idea of electronic voting would have been by far the best voting system in Nigeria but INEC failed to work on this for long after deciding to use electronic voting method. You don’t start test running electronic device few weeks to elections.

        • DrOye

          The constitution is categorically against electronic voting. If we can rid accreditation of malpractice, we will have credible election with manual voting.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    41% fingerprint failure, and you concluded the test was successful? What type of leadership do we have in INEC? What Jega and his INEC are saying is analogous to a situation where the teacher says that a student knows the subject but lacks to a large extent the ability to detect what the exam question demands! And Jega goes by the title of a professor! Heaven knows how many students have passed through him and the caliber of such students! Is Jega saying that the significant inability of the card reader to detect fingerprints is a de minimis criterion in the list of criteria for adjudging the integrity and effectiveness of the card reader? Goodness me!

    Nigerians, if we are really keen on conducting a fair and transparent election then we should dispassionately and objectively consider Jega’s qualification for this job, his commitment to the job and his level of fairness and transparency. The whole matter surrounding Jega is growing and becoming a disturbing trend. Firstly Jega had raised his right hand before a respected and respectable National Council of States meeting to solemnly declare that he and his INEC were more than ready to hold the election on February 14, 2015, when he knew very well that the entire criteria for holding such an election were not satisfied as every Nigerian now knows! And the members of the National Council of States were led into believing him when they applauded him, a situation we now know was a move to deceive them. Alternatively, Jega might not have appreciated a level of preparedness the INEC would have been before telling the National Council of States that INEC was ready. And this state of mind was equally awful and disappointing! It only showed the state of a clueless mind and darn incompetence. Now, and secondly, Jega and his INEC are coming to suggest to Nigerians that the card reader could be used in spite of the 41% failure rate in detecting fingerprints! You cannot use the card reader piecemeal. Either use the card reader to produce all the required data or else discard it for now. I say this because those areas the card reader has failed could become the crocodile’s underbelly that could create a room for manipulations.

    Jega’s activities are becoming quite disturbing, to say the least. In my view, Jega must not be trusted furthermore with the execution of this election, no matter what some sections of this country might think to the contrary. What is worth doing at all must be worth doing well. There is no need being in the rush to carry out an election under the watch of a questionable umpire or referee. The result might become a problem to the country rather than a solution. Come to think of it, are we prepared to go ahead and carry out an election under Jega’s questionable watch and then plunge this nation into an inestimable cataclysm? Even if a party should be adjudged to ‘win’ under such a circumstance would this party think it could assume leadership of this country?

    People might argue that tinkering with the already laid plans for this election might incur the wrath of the international community. Which international community are we talking about? As of now we have seen the US interfering in this matter when that country has not been able to solve its own domestic and international problems. Good that Nigeria is a sovereign nation and so no nation can interfere in the domestic activities of the country. We make our own rules as they suit this nation.

    In summary, two things have emerged from what is currently happening with INEC. Either Jega, as the head, has become biased and would want to illegally kowtow to the interests of a particular interest group or that he is incompetent to continue with the conduct of this election. In both situations prudence demands he be removed. If the Senate would think that it could flex its legislative muscle to oppose such a removal in order to secure its own collective interest then its members should also be ready to shoulder and weather whatever violent storms that could arise should Jega be allowed to plunge this nation into an untold catastrophe. One thing must be in the mind of everyone: let this election be conducted by an umpire that is seen to be fair and transparent and objectively competent. Subsequently any results that would emanate would be accepted by a majority of Nigerians.

    • Alex

      Who do you suggest we repaceJega with? Maybe we should invite Maurice Iwu to chair INEC, discard card readers and let non existent Nigerians like Mike Tyson, Michael Jackson, etc to vote and declare PDP winners? Good talk; intelligent man writing to fools that cannot think. You have failed!

    • KolapoAhmed

      41% represents failures in Ebonyi states not in all the 12 states tested,therefore,it can be used though I would have loved we have use it in smaller election before now

    • KolapoAhmed

      Secondly,Jega is the best INEC chairman for this dispensation and I salute the president for appoint a man of character into such a post. This will made our politicians to take masses serious if we can continue this way and Nigeria will be aiming for greatness if our votes started counting

  • MushinSpeaks

    INEC has some days to rectify the discrepancies…kudos to JEGA for insisting on card reader thou…a way to stop them from manipulating election figures….CHANGE has come

  • David Vongtau

    if there is 41percent fingerprint verification failure then it means it wouln’t be possible to authenticate that the PVC used is actually by its owner not someone else.And Jega claimed INEC was ready for the elections!

    • WiseTalk2015

      that is finger print verification, the same article also told you that there is also manual verification provided the card is authentic, and that was 100% successful…

  • taiwo

    The card reader shouldn’t be used to experiment in an election as massive as that of presidency,it should be discarded and reserved for subsequent elections when all errors must have been corrected and adequate enlightenment made to the public

  • Aminu Baba

    I pity the official that would be in charge of of accrediting our rural farmers! I bet years of hewing of wood and tilling of Mother Earth must have dulled out their finger prints. INEC should be ready to employ alternative procedure for accreditation in those areas with high concentration of farmers and artisans. My other fear for INEC is the grave danger from internal saboteurs. I hope there effective measures on ground for quick detection and sanctions. As Jega promised us, 2011 must be the last election to be rigged in Nigeria

  • Patriot01

    A graphical view of the card reader system process.