Edo election: Card readers fail to authenticate fingerprints in Esan West‎

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‎Card Readers provided by the Independent National Electoral Commission for the Edo Governorship election failed to authenticate fingerprints of some voters in Esan West and Esan Central Local Government Areas of Edo on Saturday. ‎

Observers who monitored the election in the areas, report that although the Card Readers identified voter cards, they failed to authenticate fingerprints.

‎The development was observed at the polling units in Ward 5 (Uhunmudumu Primary School), and units 14, 15 and 16 (Emado Primary School) in Ekpoma, Esan West Local Government Area.

It was the same scenario in units 5 and 6, Ward 6 (Idumebo Primary School), in Esan Central Local Government Area.

However, voters were still allowed to vote after the cases were incidented on INEC form after which the voters were made to thumb print in the form.

Meanwhile, Mr Victor Edoro, a politician in the area and an ex-commissioner in Edo, Mr Gideon Obhakhan, have described the exercise as impressive.

He described the voting process as peaceful and orderly, with compliance to COVID-19 Pandemic containment protocols.

Edoro, who voted at his voting centre in Idumebo Primary School, Irrua, Esan Central Local Government Area, described the voting process as peaceful and hitch free.‎

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