2015 Polls: Kwankwaso appeals for understanding as card reader disappoints

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Voters in the ancient city of Kano were yesterday disappointed over the inability of the card readers to capture their finger prints, a situation that caused delays in the accreditation process at different polling units in Kano.
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During our correspondent’s visit to Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso’s ward in Kwankwaso Malamai Special Primary School, where hundreds of voters queued for their accreditation, the presiding officers complained of the inability of the card readers to capture individual thumb prints of voters.

According to one of the Presiding officers, Isokariari Austin Onimim, he disclosed that out of 100 voters screened, the card reader machine hardly recognised two finger prints, which rendered the exercise a lot more burdensome.

In Giginyu Ward of Kano metropolis in Nasarawa Local Government Area, where the Minister of Education, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau hails from, consisting of 19 polling units, the exercise recorded a large turnout of voters, but the electorates were disappointed due to delays by the card readers.

As early at 9am, accreditation had not commenced. Most of the voters, who had earlier turned out were equally disappointed, as the sensitive materials were yet to be distributed by INEC officials. The situation however resulted in frustration.

In Jigiriya Ward, the turnout was impressive but however experienced some hitches with the card readers, which refused to recognise many voters thumb prints, causing delays beyond the projected three seconds to five minutes.

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