Failing card reader: INEC orders manual voting in affected areas

INEC boss, Jega

The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Attahiru Jega, has directed that manual accreditation and voting be allowed in polling units where the card reader failed.
President Goodluck Jonathan confirmed this shortly after casting his ballot at his Unit 9, Ward 13, Otuoke hometown in Bayelsa State.
He said he raised the issue of failing card reader with Jega, who confirmed that he has directed that manual voting be allowed so as not to disenfranchise registered voters.
However, President Jonathan enjoined Nigerians to be patient with INEC, adding that voters should be ready to make necessary sacrifices.
He expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the exercise so far, saying that the elections will be credible.
Asked about the reported attack in some parts of Gombe, President Jonathan said troops had encounter with some Boko Haram insurgents who were on the run, saying it had nothing to do with election.
The President said he remained “hopeful” that the outcome of the presidential election would be favourable to him.

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