Ebonyi dep.gov. raises concern over card reader failure

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Dep. Gov. Kelechi Igwe of Ebonyi has expressed disappointement over the failure of a smart card reader deployed in his polling unit 003 at Nwakpu Market Square in Ikwo Local Government Area.

Igwe made the remark in an interview with newsmen, while speaking on the conduct of the polls in the state.

He said that the unfortunate development delayed the commencement of accreditation and voting at the unit until 9 am.

“Card readers configured for Presidential and National Assembly elections were brought here for this election.

“People had been disenfranchised because of the presence of soldiers that took over every where early this morning.

“I pray it does not occur in other parts of the local government areas of the state.”

Igwe appealed to the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security personnel deployed in Ebonyi to discharge their duties credibly in the overall interest of the people.

INEC’s defennce

The Presiding Officer of the polling unit, Mr Samuel Adesuyan, said nine INEC ad-hoc staff members were deployed in the polling centre with two card readers.

Also, at polling unit 001, Umunnato Central Primary School, Nwakpu, the Presiding Officer, Kingsley Odoh, said that 13 ad-hoc staff were posted to the area with three functional card readers.

The exercise was largely peaceful but characterised by low turnout of voters.