Ondo Election: Card Reader Malfunctions At Jegede’s Polling Unit

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A mild drama played out today at the Polling Unit of Mr Eyitayo Jegede, the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the Ondo State Governorship Election, when  the smart card reader failed to read  voters thumbprints .

This occurred at Polling Unit 9, Ward 2 in Akure South Local Government Area of the state.

The polling unit is situated at the Sacred Heart Primary School along Cathedral Road in the state capital.

Ad-hoc officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had been conducting the exercise smoothly before it was the turn of Mr. Jegede and his wife, Eno.

The PDP candidate and his wife had arrived at the venue at about 9:07am and later joined the queue to cast their votes.

They waited for about two hours in the queue before it got to their turn at about 11:02am.

However, the smart card reader failed to read their thumbprints while they stepped aside for the next voter in the queue to get accredited.

A few moments later, the issue was resolved and the couple was allowed to cast their ballots.

Despite the development, Mr. Jedede condemned the setback and faulted the long voting time.

He questioned why the card reader failed at a time when it was his turn and that of his wife to vote.

The PDP candidate also decried the absence of tech experts from INEC at his polling unit.

 

 

Yetunde Adegoke

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