Card reader fails to capture Bello, wives
• As Gov Expresses Dissatisfaction With INEC
Faulty card reader held Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello and his two wives, Rashida and Amina Bello hostage for more than one hour, as their finger prints could not be identified after several attempts.
A visibly angry Bello berated the electoral body for the failures.He expressed dissatisfaction with the process as the only card reader at Agasa Polling Unit 11, where the governor and his wives were registered failed them.He was surprised that as at 9.20a.m., not a single voter had been accredited.
“You are all witnessing the inefficiency of INEC. I pray this should be an isolated case,” he said. The governor, who arrived the polling unit a few minutes after 8.00a.m., waited till about 9.40a.m. to be accredited, as the card reader did not function.
The polling officer on duty put a call across to the INEC office, which promised to bring a replacement.At this point, the governor was forced to retreat to his car, where he waited till the card was configured and the process commenced.Bello, who eventually voted at about 9.40 a.m. said: “If the card reader is going to trip off by 2pm and we are almost two hours behind schedule, you can imagine how many people would be disenfranchised.
“At this polling unit, we have 844 registered voters and we are supposed to have two voting points, but only one card reader was brought here. So, how will everybody vote before 2pm today?”My advice is for voters to remain calm and orderly, so that they can cast their votes peacefully.”