Nigerians worried over card readers

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PVCs Card reader

Many Nigerians at various polling units are worried that slow card readers being used for accreditation could lead to disenfranchisement of many.

At Ward 8 polling unit 003 in Surulere Local Government Area in Oyo State, with about 500 voters, many are yet to be accredited as a result of a very slow card readers.

​An official of the Independent National Electoral Commission, ​INEC​, at the unit were also seen writing names of voters who could not be accredited using the card readers.

One of the voters, Babatunde Samuel, yet to be accredited at 12.46 p.m, told PREMIUM TIMES he arrived the polling unit at 9 a.m.

Mr. Samuel said he was worried as the card reader took about five minutes to accredit one voter.

“People are already complaining and it may lead to rigging,” Mr. Samuel said.

When asked why he was worried even with the option of manual accreditation that
​INEC put as a backup plan, Mr. Samuel said he does not think the plan be would prevent rigging.

Another voter told PREMIUM TIMES in ward 7, unit 7 at Oluoyole Local Governent Area in Lagos State said the accreditation in his polling unit was going well until the card reader stopped working as the battery ran down.

He said the officials at the unit have no spare batteries to continue work.

“Out of 2 Card readers in our polling station 1 has stop and the accreditation is about to come to an end,” he said.

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