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INEC concedes, resorts to manual accreditation, extends poll



INEC has directed its officials involved in the elections to resort to manual authentication in accreditation of voters for the elections.

This adjustment to its guidelines follows challenges associated with use of card readers, as reported across the country, which has created a number of problems, and disenfranchising eligible voter.

Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee of the commission, Dr. Chris Iyimoga, told reporters that “where card readers fail to work, presiding officers can accredit voters by marking the voter register”.

He also said arrangements will be made for voting to take place tomorrow in polling units where accreditation was suspended.

In some polling units across the country, card readers failed to read the finger prints of voters, causing delay in the process that is supposed to last for at most five hours.

Meanwhile the electoral umpire has extended the exercise till Sunday in areas where the elections were not held, directing all RECs in the country to conduct the election on Sunday in areas where there were hitches.

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