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Card Reader Malfunctions As Jegede, Wife Cast Votes

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Zainab Sanni

The candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the Ondo State Governorship Election, Eyitay Jegede has faulted the ongoing election following technical difficulties at his polling unit.

The smart card reader failed to read his thumbprint and that of his wife at Polling Unit 9, Ward 2 in Akure South Local Government Area of the state.

The polling unit is situated at the Sacred Heart Primary School along Cathedral Road in the state capital.

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They had to step aside for the next voter in the queue to get accredited but a few moments later, the issue was resolved and the couple was allowed to cast their ballots.

Jedede who condemned the setback questioned why the card reader failed at a time when it was his turn and that of his wife to vote.

The PDP candidate also decried the absence of tech experts from INEC at his polling unit.

Ad-hoc officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had been conducting the exercise smoothly before it was the turn of Mr. Jegede and his wife, Eno.

The PDP candidate and his wife had arrived at the venue at about 9:07am and waited for about two hours in the queue before it got to their turn at about 11:02am.

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