The former National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Victor Umeh, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to address the issue of failing card readers once and for all.
Umeh said this after casting his votes in Aguzigbo Ward, Anambra Central Senatorial District on Saturday.
“Failure to resolve the issue means people will continue to be disenfranchised during elections.
“This card reader stuff is something INEC must do something about. In my community here, in polling unit 013, the technician is suspecting that they brought a card reader not meant for that polling unit,” Umeh said.
“INEC should avoid this type of lapse. They have enough time to configure these card readers so that on the day of an election like this, everything would be smooth.”
INEC and the failed card readers
The former APGA leader also said he received reports that electoral officials are refusing to opt for manual accreditation where card readers failed.
“I got reports from across the state that in some places the card readers are not functioning and they have refused to do manual accreditation,” Umeh said.
“This means if they are not able to rectify the problem with the card readers, those people will be disenfranchised.”
He wondered why the officials were no longer resorting to the use of incidence forms where card readers failed as was done in previous elections.