elections-in-NigeriaVoting will continue on Sunday in 300 out of the 150,000 polling stations in Nigeria.

Highlight:

  • The electoral body adjusted its election guideline on Saturday
  • The adjustment provided for the accreditation of voters with the register and extension of voting
  • Elections will hold at various polling units across Nigeria on Sunday

Details

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) adjusted the election guideline on Saturday to make room for persons at polling units where card reader malfunctioned to vote.

Some technical glitches affected voting at several polling units nationwide.

In Otuoke in Bayelsa State, the home town of the Nigerian President, card reader at the polling unit where the president voted could not read the President’s card.

“Just about 300 polling units out of about 150,000,” Kayode Idowu, INEC spokesman told reporters on Saturday.

According to him, there were 109 polling stations where “cards were not read” at all, another 100 stations where there were “issues” with biometric data while card readers in other areas had battery problems.

The situation made the commission to direct electoral officer to start manual accreditation of voters.

The PDP had strongly advised the INEC against the use of the Smart Card Reader technology.

After the reports about failure of the card reader to work in some polling units, the PDP flayed the INEC for not accepting wise counsel.

The party argued that the technology should have been well tested before being used for a general election.

 

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