INEC speaks on faulty card readers affecting election in Lagos, other states

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has reacted to malfunctioning of smart card readers at polling units in Lagos and some other states in the country.

Report had it that elections were suspended at the polling unit of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s in Ikoyi, Lagos after some card readers were malfunctioning and did not accredit some voters.

Reacting, Festus Okoye, the National Commissioner of INEC addressing newsmen in Abuja said the faulty card readers will not affect commencement of elections.

Okoye said the faulty card readers will be restored and the election will continue at the polling units affected.

He said: “We have heard of the Card readers malfunctioning in some polling units but most polling units have functioning readers. But wherever there are challenges we have the capacity to resolve these issues immediately

“We appeal to voters to be patient and have confidence with security agencies as we have trained technicians to sort out the pocket of challenges with Smart card readers.

“We are doing our best to make sure this election surpasses all challenges and not suspended.”

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