Senate president, Mark, bemoans faulty card readers

FILE PHOTO: David Mark, voting at the recent elections.

The President of the Senate, David Mark, has said that the conduct of the Presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday was largely peaceful in his constituency.

In a statement, Mr. Mark however expressed concern over the reported cases of faulty card readers.

Mr. Mark said after he cast his vote in Otukpo Ward 1, Otukpo, Benue State on Saturday that the exercise was “generally peaceful and organized. The voters queued and complied with the rules”.

He expressed worry over the malfunctioning of the card readers in some polling units and urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to salvage the situation.

“The Otukpo Ward 1, to me is a very well organized polling unit. The people here have been on queue. I have no report of any failure or lapses. But the reports from some areas indicate that card readers have been malfunctioning.

“This situation may not allow many people to participate in the elections. INEC should as a matter of urgency rise up to the challenge and salvage the situation.”

He implored the people to remain calm hoping that INEC officials would address the situation.

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