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Obi Decries Failure Of Card Reader



After spending about one-and-half hours before he could cast his vote during yesterday’s Governorship and State House of Assembly elections due to Card Reader failure, the vice- presidential candidate of the PDP in the just concluded presidential election, Mr Peter Obi, has decried what he called “persistent lack of preparedness” on the part of INEC.

The former Anambra State governor arrived his Umumasiaku polling unit, Amatutu, Agulu, Anaocha local government area of the state at about 9am to exercise his civic responsibility but could only vote at about 10.30am due to failure of Card Reader to verify his finger print, an experience he also passed through at the polling unit during the presidential and National Assembly elections held two weeks ago.

Speaking on the development after eventually casting his vote at 10:36am after the card reader was put in order, Obi said it was the same during the presidential election, when card readers did not work in many places, which INEC acknowledged and promised to correct.

“It is a shame that the same problem repeated itself on grander scale today, with news of faulty card readers all over the state. This has raised the issue of whether the problems are genuine or contrived for other purposes”, Obi said. Obi said that banks used different types of cards including ATM cards with microchip processors and they work very well. He wondered why INEC cards do not work due to persistent card reader problems.

On who eventually wins, Obi said his position was clear: “I am not so much interested in who wins the state assembly election as it is family business. My position is that the best candidates should win in order to bring democratic dividends to the people of the state.”



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