Election Update:President Jonathan Scales Accreditation Hurdle


President Goodluck Jonathan has finally been accredited to vote, despite series of failed attempt to capture his biometric details.

Jonathan, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, had arrived at the Otazi playground polling centre in his home town, Otuoke, Bayelsa State, with his wife, at exactly 9:22 am, and could not be accredited on schedule.

Jonathan told journalists that the elections nationwide should not be viewed through the perspective of only one incident of failed card reader.

The Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, to find out what is happening nationwide, added: “I want to use this opportunity to commend Nigerians and congratulate them for coming out to elect the next President, Senators and House of Representatives.

“There maybe issues, but this is the first time we are using this technology of voters card and card readers, I just spoke with the INEC Chairman to know what is happening across the country, President Jonathan is just one voter so even if we have problems with my own card, as long as nationally the process is going on well.

“They may be a way to resolve the hitches but my interest is for us to conduct a peaceful and credible elections and i believe that no matter the hitches.

“Nigeria elections is an election that the whole world is interested in and my conviction is that the election should go on.”

There had been complaints in various parts of Lagos concerning the challenges being faced by voters as well as the late commencement of the accreditation.

Jega told INEC officials to resort to manual voting process where the card readers fail to function effectively.

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