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Dirty hands cause failure of INEC Card Readers in Maiduguri

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Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly polls witnessed rejection of voters’ finger prints by the INEC Card Reader in Maiduguri.

A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) who went round the town reports that although there was massive turn out of voters, the challenge of finger print rejection slowed down the accreditation process.

Mr Usman Maisamari, a Presiding Officer in one of the units, said he had recorded about 50 finger print rejections out of the 450 voters in his register.

“We have recorded about 50 finger print rejection in spite of the fact that the picture on the cards correspondent with the holders identity.

“We have issued an INEC forms to the affected voters before we accredited them to vote,” Maisamari said.

Mr Solomon Hassan, another officer, corroborated the claim, saying that he had recorded about 20 cases so far.

Hassan said, however, that the problem affected individuals with dirty hands.

“We have traced the problem to improper cleaning of hands by voters.

“So we have started advising them to wash their hands before reaching the accreditation centre and the effort had paid off,” he said



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