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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  • ComradeCliff

    Who is fooling who? Inec has something to tell d world after the elections.

  • Ogom

    Even if the fingerprint reader doesn’t work, shouldn’t they at least use the card reader to sort the fake from real PVCs?

    • share Idea

      How many fake card were discovered in all the places used. Goal line technology is good product that help match official if football game but FIFA never went to experiment in senior World Cup without first trying it in junior World Cup. Card reader is good but manner of implementation is what PDP is complaining about. Jega would have conducted very credible election if he had not used card reader at this stage.

  • Pete

    Now that the card readers are recording widespread failure, can the APC goons see that the people who expressed reservations about their use have been vindicated?
    What was the point in pouring billions of naira into an untested-in-Nigeria contraption?
    Clearly, the purpose must have been to make a retirement heist since Jega is retiring and to encourage the Islamic bank, Jaiz, by channelling the contract payments through it.
    When all is said and done, PDP as it is today has less destructive politicians than APC.

    • B.Messi

      U think u will hear from the APC goons who busy calling others names here??
      I was reliably informed that they are already practicing their post elections crying moves..crying and gnashing of teetb..

    • August January

      Liar! No widespread failure. Even PDP Chairman admits it. For example, in Jonathan’s polling unit, only him and his hippo of a wife were rejected by the card readers amid hundreds of voters. A very symbolic occurrence: GOD HAS REJECTED THEM, AND EJECTING THEM FROM ASO ROCK. Even in total, he lost the votes of Aso Rock voters, majority of whom are his domestic staff and other workers in the place. What a shame!!!

  • T-Rex

    Yeye dey smell@Jega.

  • kamal Kamoru

    I hope they cleared from the lion of Bourdillon..and puppy Lai Lie before issuing this statement?

  • Elias

    Let me congratulate Nigerians for fighting for the use of the card reader. Despite its failure some people are shouting, it forestall snatching of ballot boxes that characterized our previous elections. This is the pain of Jonathan and PDP. God will surely liberate Nigerians from the stiff-necked fraudsters that have hijack Nigeria treasury.

    • share Idea

      What is the correlation between snatching of ballot boxes and card readers. Since 2011, in all INEC election once a ballot box is snatched, the poll unit result is cancelled, hence card reader couldn’t have stopped.

  • John

    Is this not giving PDP the opportunity to rig by thumb printing in the Villa or David Mark’s house?