Gov. Obiano lauds smooth conduct as card reader rejects Ngige’s print


Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra has expressed satisfaction over the smooth arrangement of the process after its postponement by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from Feb. 16 to Feb. 23.

The governor spoke to newsmen after voting in his at his Amaeze Aguleri ward in Anambra East at about 11.51 a.m.

He expressed worry over the low turnout of voters and urged the electorate to come out and vote.

Obiano said that voters should show that they were supporting the process by coming out to be part of the electoral process.

Meanwhile, smart card readers failed to recognise the finger print of Dr Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment in his Nkwo Ide Ward 2 in Alor, Idemili South Area of the state.

Ngige described card reader malfunction in parts of Anambra as `unfortunate’.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the minister was later accredited through other means and allowed to vote.

He said he had raised an alarm over the matter, noting that INEC in the state needed more time to reconfigure the machine after the initial ones were gutted.

The minister feared that not less than 10 per cent of eligible voters would be disenfranchised because of the challenge.

He expressed confidence that President Muhammadu Buhari would coast him victory after the polls.


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