By Johnbosco Agbakwuru & Funmi Olasupo


ABUJA – As voters troop out enmasse to exercise their franchise at the presidential and National Assembly elections, the Card Reader appears to be the cause of the little delays witnessed in many polling units.

In Zuba, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja and Madalla in Niger State but close to the FCT, over 300 people were unable to be authenticated by the Card Reader and the Presiding Officers in some of the units visited told Vanguard that those that the Card Reader could not complete their authentications were those that could not complete their registration process especially on issue of finger print.

The returning officers in the various polling units said that in as much as the names of those with PVCs were found on the voters register, their names were written on Form E40 which they said was the Incidence form.

As at about 10am only about 100 eligible voters had been accredited at Kwankwashe Polling Unit in Madalla, with about 1106 registered voters.

Speaking to Vanguard after his accreditation, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chairman in Suleja local government area, Shuaibu Danjuma Tanko said, “So far so good in my units here we have three units and thank God all are working well, as you can see the spirit is high, all Nigerians are ready to perform there civic duty by coming out to vote their leader.

“WeNigerians have started understanding that it is not everything that crisis can get for us. When you talk of security is when there is crisis but as far as we Nigerians have the understanding that not in everything that crisis will we useful for us, Nigerians have started to accommodate themselves well.”

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