Mixed feelings in Nasarawa as INEC tests-run Card Readers

INEC Card Reader

By Mohammed Yangida, Lafia              As the Independent National Electoral Commission () carried out field-testing of card readers on Saturday, many voters could not get their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) verified in .
Niger and Nasrawa are the two states selected by for the field testing of the card readers in the North Central Zone. The exercise holds in 12 states across the six geo-political zones of the country.
Prompt News correspondent who visited the two Local Governments selected for the exercise in reported mixed feelings among voters.
According to him, in Garaku town, Kokona Local Government Area, voters faced serious challenge as many of them complained of delay in the capturing of their fingers by the machine.
At Garaku Primary school polling unit, out of the ten registered voters accredited, four people were successfully captured within three to10 minutes while others could not be verified because the machine could not read their finger prints.
The situation was similar at Ungwar Gimba, Otutu primary school, Kurmin Shinkafa ungwar Takwa and Kubere polling units, even as there was low turnout of registered voters during the exercise.
Mohammed .G. and John Dangana, who spoke to Prompt News said they suffered delay in the capturing of their fingers by the Card Readers, adding that they spent long time before they could be accredited.
Many voters also appealed to to do away with the use of the Card Readers or to reconfigure the machines in order to ensure speedy verification.
Commenting on the exercise, INEC National Commissioner, Dr. Abdulkardir Oniyangi, who monitored the exercise, told journalists that the exercise was satisfactory as people are getting the hang of it.
He said, “Many people have now realized that it is nothing really complicating. It is not difficult and it is best for the country.”
Also speaking, the Commissioner of Information and ethnic re-orientation In , Hamza Elayo, expressed faith in the use of the Card Readers, but was quick to add that the accreditation was quite challenging for the voters and INEC staff.
“The initial hiccup was that the Card Readers will read the PVCs of a voter, but failed to authenticate the PVCs when a voter places his thumb or his fingers on the panel. Therefore, INEC should perfect its plan for the general elections,” the Commissioner advised.

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