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INEC conducts hitch-free Card Reader test in Kano


PDP, APC Applaud Exercise

ELIGIBLE voters Saturday adjudged the workability of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) card reader credible for hitch free general elections in the country.

The field test for INEC card readers was held at 54 polling units in Danmaliki ward in Kumbotso local government area of Kano amidst large turn out of enthusiastic voters willing to confirm the process of the machines for the elections.

Besides, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Saturday applauded the efficiency of the card readers during the field test.

State secretary of the Party, Alh. Bello Usman Bichi, at Medili polling unit, of the 32 polling units confirmed that the card readers are effective, noting that he has not found any fault across the units visited.

Also speaking All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwarts, Alh. Baba Abubakar Umar also expressed confidence on the credibility of the card readers for the general elections.

Observation at Medili, Sabonwargandu, Saka, Danmaliki polling units indicated smooth exercise as voters expressed confidence on the card reader’s workability.

One of the voters, Abu Aminu said ” the exercise commenced as early as 8 am and the INEC officials arrived early. Everybody were confirmed by e card reader and there were no problems.

Meanwhile, Kano resident electoral commissioner Alh. Mukaila Abdullahi told journalists shortly after the exercise that the 54 card readers which were deployed for test were confirmed effective and devoid of any technical fault.

The INEC commission who considered the exercise successful noted that INEC  ensure prepared mobilization of its personnel and logistic early enough to prevent any shortcomings.

He explained that INEC would not deny any voter the right to vote on any technical issues except if the PVC did not belong to the voter.

Responding to cases where card readers fail to recognize thumb print of some voters, Abdullah insisted that such voter would be allowed to vote if the machine confirmed the ownership of the PVC.

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