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Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja
Hundreds of voters turned out to cast their votes at Unit 012, Phase 4 Junction, Kubwa, Abuja, on Saturday but one of the card readers in the five voting points in this centre was not functional.
According to the INEC Presiding Officer in charge of this unit, Mr. Adeniji Sunday, voting started around 9.10am in the centre as against an official time of 8am.
He attributed the late start to issues of logistics and several efforts made to get the non-functional card reader up to speed.
When our correspondent visited the polling unit around 10.30am, voting was ongoing in the four voting points, while the fifth point experienced delays.
To help address the card reader problem, a voter mobilised one of the INEC officers attached to the unit with some cash as transport fare to where the equipment was to be fixed.
Adeniji said the card reader had technical issues, adding that the officers had informed the INEC technical team about the development.
“We have asked for assistance from our technical team and we believe this particular card reader issue will be resolved soon,” he said.
Voters at the 012 polling unit were orderly as police and civil defence officers helped managed the crowd.
Party agents from PDP, APC and APGA were sighted at this polling unit.
On the conduct of voters and the security situation at the centre, Adeniji said, “The voters have been orderly despite the fact that they are many. But I cannot tell if the percentage of those here is large enough until we compare it with the actual registered voters after the whole process is completed.
“The security men here have ensured that the party agents are also orderly, since the voters have displayed acts of maturity as they have patiently queued up in a bid to cast their votes under this bright and very hot sun.”
Source: Punch News