Voting set to commence in Abuja after biometric progress
from AUGUSTINE OSAYANDE in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – VOTING is expected to commence as scheduled in Abuja after the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) overcame a delay in the commencement of the accreditation exercise.
Most voters have been accredited to pave way for the commencement of voting at 1.30 pm (local time).
CAJ News observed that many of the voters were eagerly waiting to cast their vote after accreditation.
Abuja is the capital city of Africa’s most populous country and biggest economy, which holds crucial polls to elect the next president.
The process got off to a damper in the morning.
While progress had been recorded in Lagos, there were still reports of glitches elsewhere.
According to Amaka Linda, a register voter in Lagos, the card readers were dysfunctional.
“INEC officials couldn’t understand why because the readers were all new,” she said.
She added that a senior INEC supervisor was approached to inspect the card reader only to find the protective film on the lense of the reader had not been removed.
“After a protracted argument he convinced the woman to remove it. The reader not only read the prior rejected cards, it was reading with even faster response time.”
Another voter inLagos Sunday Obeto said as at 12:00pm, accreditation had not started at Farayola polling unit in Alapere, Ketu.
In Cross River, Mike Udam in Ogoja said the INEC official returned the card reader in their unit to the collation center after it failed to work.
– CAJ News
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