Card reader failure: INEC responds, extends voting to Sunday‎

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The (INEC) has been monitoring field reports the accreditation since the commencement of the poll this morning. Whereas the has gone well in several places, in some it has encountered some challenges, especially with the use of the readers. Consequently, accreditation has been slow in many places and has commenced at all in some .

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Even though the Guidelines for the Conduct of the 2015 general elections that where readers fail to work and cannot be replaced, elections in such Polling Units will be postponed to the following day, the scale of the challenge we have observed today has necessitated a reconsideration of this provision of the Guidelines. The Commission has, therefore, decided as part of the Guidelines for the Conduct of the 2015 general elections that in Polling Units where readers have so failed to work, the Presiding shall manually accredit by marking the register of , upon being satisfied that the person presenting a ’s (PVC) is the legitimate holder of the .

The above withstanding, in Polling Units where accreditation suspended to the following day in accordance with the existing Guidelines, arrangements will be made for to vote tomorrow, subject to the provisions of the 2010 (as amended).

The Commission reassures the voting public that it will thoroughly investigate what happened, while it remains committed to the delivery of free, fair and credible elections in spite of the challenges.

Dr. Chris O. Iyimoga

Chairman, Information, Educ. & Publicity Committee