INEC okays use of manual accreditation

The Independent National Electoral Commission has authorised the use of manual verification of voters, amid complaints with the card readers used for Saturday’s presidential and national assembly elections.

This is disclosed through a series of Twitter posts by the commission.

The decision however cover only areas where there are difficulties with the use of card readers.

INEC also said that where necessary, electorate can vote on Sunday given the delay with accreditation in some areas.

INEC acknowledged challenges with the use of the card readers during the accreditation process in some areas of the country, while expressing “satisfaction the process has gone well in several places”.

It said while accreditation was slow in some places, the card readers did not work at all in others.

It said even though the guidelines provide that where card readers fail to work and cannot be replaced, elections in such areas should be postponed to the next day, “the scale of the challenge we have observed has necessitated a reconsideration of the provision of the guidelines”.

“The Commission has therefore decided that in PUs where card readers fail to work, the Presiding Officer shall manually accredit voters.

“The Presiding Officer shall mark the voters register upon being satisfied that the person presenting a PVC is the owner,” the commission said.

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