Voters in Kula village of Ganjuwa local government area of Bauchi state expressed dismay as the Card Reader network of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) failed.
Thousands of people who patiently waited to be accredited to enable them vote could not do so as a result of failure of the devices.
The presiding officer in one of the polling units, Adamu Aliyu, told Daily Times that the commission started accreditation around 8:00 am but encountered problems with the network.
“We came here as early as 8:00 in the morning and when we started, the network was fluctuating before it final stopped functioning outright,” he said.
Aliyu, who is a student of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, lamented that out of the 389 registered voters in the unit only 187 were accredited, 97 fingers were successfully captured while 90 failed.
A visit by the Daily Times to some polling stations showed that the card reader device failed in capturing majority of voters.
In a polling station O16, Dass Local Government area visited which had 177 registered voters, only 66 were successful while 111 voters finger prints failed to be captured and had to fill incident form. Another centre visited by Daily Times in Ganjuwa Registration Area Centre (RAC) 03,polling unit 010 Kofar Badu, had 1305 registered voters. The polling station voting point was split into three A,B and C to ease accreditation and voting.
Accreditation started at about 9:00 am and ended around 2:33 pm.
Daily Times observed that voters conducted themselves in a peaceful and orderly manner. At voting point ‘A’ with total of 513 register voters, out of which only 324 were accredited, 117 voters finger prints were successful while 207 failed to capture.
Voting point ‘B’ had a total of 480 registered voters with only 289 accredited. Only 135 were successful while incident forms were filled for 154.
At Voting point ‘C’ out of the 199 accredited,only 80 finger prints were successfully captured while 109 failed.
The presiding officer, Musa Kafi Yusuf, said most of the fingers that that failed where rough.
“Sometimes you will see the finger of a voter very smooth but the Card Reader machine will still not capture it” he said.