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Dysfunctional Card Readers, Lack of Early Arrival Mar Accreditation Process in Lagos

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By Samuel Ogundipe

Things are not looking rosy for today’s all-important elections as voters decry poor accreditation process that was officially scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m.

A visit to many polling units around Alimosho Local Government Area, reputed to be the largest in the country, reveals that many voters are left frustrated as card readers fail to work at these units.

At Adebimpe Polling Unit near Council Bus Stop, Idimu, where APC Senatorial Candidate in Lagos West, Mr. Solomon Adeola is expected to vote, the electorate were left unattended to as no official of the Independent National Electoral Commission has arrived.

At Abesan Estate, INEC officials began to arrive at 9:38 a.m. A convoy of 16 vehicles drove into the estate amid tight security.

At Iyana-Ipaja Ward M2, where PDP senatorial candidate Mr. Segun Adewale queued to get accreditation, the card readers failed to work.

He suspects a conspiracy.

“This card readers have been programmed not to work. The elections have been rigged overnight because all local government employees in Lagos State worked overnight,” he said. “This is exactly how I was rigged out in 2007 and 2011, now they want to pull the same stunt.”

As at the time of filling this report, only a polling unit near Agege Government College recorded a partial success as the accreditation machine went kaput after only 8 people received accreditation.

Voters in most of the polling units demanded a manual accreditation process.

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