Obi decries failed card readers, says Nigeria must get it right

By Valentine Amanze

The Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the just concluded presidential election, Mr. Peter Obi, has decried what he called "persistent lack of preparedness" on the part of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Obi spoke after he could not, at 9am, vote at his Umumasiaku polling unit, Amatutu, Agulu, Anambra State.
Obi, who eventually voted at 10:36am after the card reader was put in order, said it was the same during the presidential election, when card readers did not work in many places, which INEC acknowledged and promised to correct.
His words: "It is a shame that the same problem repeated itself on grander scale today, with news of faulty card readers all over the state. This has raised the issue of whether the problems are genuine or contrived for other purposes."
Obi said that banks used different types of cards including ATM cards with micro chip processors and they work very well. He wondered Why INEC cards should not work due to persistent card readers problems.
On who eventually wins, Obi said that his position was clear: "I am not so much interested in who wins the State Assembly election as it is family business. My position is that the best candidates should win to bring democratic dividends to the people of the state."
Besides, the former governor said that it was a shame that at a time, when other nations were talking about electronic voting and reducing electoral malpractices to the minimum, that in Nigeria, as witnessed in the on-going voting, the story of rigging and sundry electoral malpractices were the order of the day.
He however warned that if Nigeria did not get it right that it would remain a problem for the country now and in future.

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PDP Vice Presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, casting his vote at his Umumasiaku Polling Unit, Amatutu village, Agulu, after persistent card reader failure.

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