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PDP Expresses Worry Over Card Reader Mayhem
Alhaji Adamu Muaza

PDP Expresses Worry Over Card Reader Mayhem

The Presidential and National Assembly elections in Bauchi state was marred by delay in accreditation of voters by the smart card readers.

Speaking with news men at Kardam B polling unit in Boto in Tafawa  Balewa local government the National Chairman of People’s Democractic Party, Adamu  Muazu expressed worry over the slowness of card readers.

He said: “The card readers have not been used practically. Accreditation was supposed to have stopped by 1:00 pm. We came here and was long queue and we just finished with my wife the time is 2; 20 pm.

“Our fears about the card readers have been confirmed that it is impossible to do accreditation from 8am to 1pm.

It was reported that the card readers refused to recognised the finger of most eligible voters in almost all polling units monitored.

At Kanwara polling unit in Dass, a voter Miss Jennifer Jibril was asked to wash her hand after the card reader refused to recognised her thumb.

The complaints were the same in Birshi Miri, Bundot and Miya Adamu primary school in Dass Local Government Area.

It was the same story in Maryam Kudu one and two and Mwari Bar polling units where a large number of voters were left stranded because the card readers rejected their finger.

Some voters who were successfully accredited explained that the spent over 30 minutes before the card reader recorded their details.

At the Kofar Fada Lere unit where the All Progressives Congress APC candidate for Bauchi South senatorial district Ali Wakili come from a large number of voters particularly women were seen in large number in scorching sun waiting to be accredited by 3:30 pm as voting was yet to commence.

Speaking with newsmen Wakili expressed disappointment and worry over the problem.

Also, The Peoplrs Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the Bauchi State House of Assembly to represent Bogoro Constituency, Hon. Markus Makama, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to immeadiately suspend the use Card Readers in the ongoing polls.

According to him many voters would be disenfranchised should the electoral Umpire, INEC continue with the use of the Card readers for the elections.

He said: “I have done my accreditation but we have a serious problem in this area. I went round most of the Polling Units in my ward and I discovered that the Card Readers are faulty.

“I call on INEC to suspend the use of the Card Readers because they are not effective. If they continue with its use, most of our voters will be disenfranchised.”

Makama added that “look at the time, its almost 1pm and many voters have not been accredited. I insist that they should stop using this Card Readers until a solution is found.

“They should opt for option A since it is there,” he said.X


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