JAMA’ARE (BAUCHI) – Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) National Commissioner in charge of Borno,Yobe and Bauchi States, Col.Mohammed Hammanga (Rtd) has described the outcome of the trial elections conducted in Jama’are , Bauchi state, as satisfactory.
Fielding questions from newsmen in Jama’are on Saturday, Hammanga said the main objective of the exercise was to test the Card Reading devices, adding that the outcome indicated that they could be used successfully.
“The exercise was satisfactory. No Card Reader failed. We are happy with the turn-out of voters. The success is an indication that it is possible to use the Card Readers and ensure free and fair elections.
“The same exercise was carried out in the Federal Capital Territory some time ago, which was also successful,” he said.
The Commissioner said that the only problem identified during the exercise was the rejection of finger-prints of some people by the device.
He said the problem was a minor issue which could be resolve by filling a form for the affected persons, after which they could vote.
Speaking in the same manner, INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner in charge of Bauchi state, Prof. Hamman Sa’ad, said the trial election was successful and an indication that the Card Readers, were reliable.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Bauchi is one of the 12 states selected for the trial elections.
The exercise was conducted in Ward B of Jama’are Local Government Area of the state. (NAN)