AKWANGA (NASARAWA) – Sen. Solomon Ewuga, the Director-General of the PDP Campaign Organisation in Nasarawa, has described the card reader machine, currently being used for the conduct of the 2015 elections, as “an adventure to nowhere’’.
He made the observation, while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at SUM Alushi polling unit in Akwanga, shortly after his accreditation.
Ewuga, who is also the senator representing Nasarawa North Senatorial District, said that “the card reader is a complete failure and a delay of the electoral process’’.
On the election, he said: “So far, so good; the exercise is smooth, except for the card reader, which was unable to recognise some voters’ fingerprints, thereby making their accreditation difficult.’’
Ewuga recalled that the card readers had similar difficulties during the last presidential and National Assembly elections a couple of weeks ago.
“The process wasn’t tested, the card reader is not even working effectively and it ought to have been discarded,’’ he said.
Ewuga stressed that manual accreditation of voters remained the best option in the country’s elections, insisting that the use of the card reader entailed some rigorous steps.
He, however, called for more sustainable strategies in efforts to use modern technology to improve the country’s electoral process. (NAN)
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