It has been reported in the ongoing 2017 Anambra gubernatorial election that card readers are failing to read fingerprints of voters.

This is the same issue all over the state as card readers successfully read the permanent voters card but not recognizing fingerprints. This situation prompted electoral officials to resort to manual accreditation.

Mrs. Abiola Akiode of the Transition Monitoring Group speaking to SaharaReporters lamented the occurrence as this should have been detected and corrected before the election.

“This is a minus for INEC because this should have been rectified before today. This has been the case for the use of card reader and INEC should have improved in this aspect.”

Mrs. Amekebe Mary, another observer maintained that card reader failure is a big blow to the election process. She advised the electoral body to improve the use of card reader in subsequent elections.

Honorable Brown Ochie, party agent of All Progressive Grand Alliance said elections have to continue despite the failure of the card reader.

“We have to use manual accreditation because we can't stop the election or keep wasting time because of the card reader,” Mr. Brown noted.

Elections are going smoothly as no case of violence has been reported in the state so far. 

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