APC, PDP, civil society, INEC disagreed over card reader performance in Kano

PVCs Card reader
PVCs Card reader

As the Independent National Electoral Commission conduct mock elections using the controversial card readers, the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party have disagreed over the performance or otherwise of the card in Kano.

The APC representative, Hakeem Baba Ahmad, said the machine successfully captured about 60 per cent of the test voters while 40 per cent had difficulties with fingerprinting and biometric data.

However, his PDP counterpart, Umar Maimistaleta, a former governorship aspirant in the state said there were huge problems with the card readers and it might end up disfranchising many Nigerians.

The exercise, conducted at Danmaliki Ward of Kumbotso Local Government area of the state, which both covered the municipality and the rural areas, saw hundreds of women, youth and elderly persons trooping out as early as 5.30am to 7am to be tested.

Mohammed Adam leader of the Nigeria United for Democracy, Kano wing, explained to journalists that the turnout of electorates from the Danmaliki Ward was marvellous.

He said according to their observation as civil society observers the card reader was doing a fantastic and excellent work with 60 per cent success. He said the 40 per cent failure stemmed mainly from the fact that some of the test voters were farmers and women with henna decorations on their hands.

The United for Democracy group urged INEC to provide sprit Ink for those whose hands could not be captured by the biometric data machines before the elections so that the exercise could be 90 per cent successful.

INEC Kano Resident Electoral Commissioner, Munkaila Abdullahi, said the card reader was a huge success, but he still observed some problems which he has since directed his team to register. He assured INEC would come out with a way of addressing them before the elections.

Meanwhile, the PDP representative, Mr. Umar expressed doubts the card reader would guaranteed a successful elections in the next few weeks to come. He said INEC could have allowed the card readers be used in future elections while this one should be done with the PVC as they are.


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