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Minister faults use of card reader

2015-03-28 18:31
A ballot box filled with ballot is pictured before being counted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at a polling station in Yenagoa in Bayelsa State ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

Ibadan - The Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, Jumoke Akinjide, has faulted the use of card reader for accreditation in Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections.

Akinjide told journalists on Saturday after her  accreditation at  her Ward 1,Unit 11, Amosun Village, Ona –Ara, Ibadan, that the use of card reader was inappropriate.

"The use of card reader is good for verification, but not for authentication of voters.

"In the past authentication was done with the use of photographs, but now card reader is what is in vogue globally," she said.

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She, however, said  the technology was  not perfect, adding that "to use it for an event of short duration like this election is undesirable."

Meanwhile, elderly potential voters in Ilorin South Local Government Area of Kwara are having challenges in being captured by the card readers.

Voters, ranging between 80 to 90 years,  are having challenges  with the card reader identifying their finger prints.

An election observer, Mr Alawiye Teki, said the accreditation process  was slow, adding, however that the entire exercise had been peaceful.

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