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INEC dispatches experts to rectify faulty card readers – official

Staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) start confirming over again 7,000 portable permanent voter card (PVC) readers ahead of the postponed predidential and general election at the River State INEC office in Port Harcourt, southern Nigeria, on February 18, 2019. (Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP)

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kano state says it has dispatched its technical experts to some areas to rectify faulty card readers.

The INEC Assistant Director, Public Affairs in Kano state, Garba Lawal-Mohammed told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Kano that the experts were deployed following complaints from the affected areas.

“We have Election Monitoring Spot Centre where we monitor what is going on. So we are going to rectify the faulty card readers,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that there were complaints from some of the polling centres across the state that some card readers were faulty.

He gave assurance that the commission would address the challenges to enable all eligible voters exercise their franchise.

“The commission has sent its technical experts to rectify the faulty card readers found in some places, “he said.
Meanwhile, the election in Kano state was peaceful as there was no reports of any violence or breach of peace from across the state.

There is large turnout of voters in Sabon-gari area of Fagge Local Government Area of Kano state with voting commencing before 9 am.

The Supervising Presiding Officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (lNEC), Malam Mohammed Kabir said he slept at the centre to ensure early commencement.

A voter, Mr Eze Collins, a painter said he was impressed with the massive turnout of people and their orderly conduct.

“INEC officials coming early will allow everybody to vote without any stress,’’ he said.

NAN reports that the electorates are casting their vote accordingly without any problem as there is adequate security in the premises.

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