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Failure of INEC card readers embarrassing –Oshiomhole

Posted: Apr 12, 2015 at 11:34 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has said that it is embarrassing that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) again failed to get its acts right on the use of the card readers.

Speaking on Saturday shortly after casting his vote at 3.10pm at Unit 1, Ward 10, Iyamho in Etsako West Local Government Area of the state, Oshiomhole maintained that INEC should punish some of its staff, who deliberately frustrated the exercise.

The governor also said there was low voter turnout because of the frustration they experienced with the card readers.

He said: “Here, as you can see, everything is peaceful, orderly and the people came on time.

“Much more importantly, the voters conducted themselves like you will find in any civilised environment and I think, from the report I’m hearing, in many cases, this is the case.

“But, I have received reports right now from Esan West, Ward 3 Unit 7, where some PDP (Peoples Democratic Party) thugs snatched a ballot box seeing that they are losing and carried away some ballot papers.

“I have forwarded the text to the Resident Electoral Commissioner.

“I have also received reports of ballot box snatching somewhere in Ikpoba Okha, again by PDP thugs. This is the only aspect that is worrisome.

“I think there is also an incident in Okada, but by and large, compared to what we experienced in 2007, where from you were hearing gunshots, I think this time it is relatively peaceful.

“But, I am also somehow embarrassed given that this is the second round of the exercise, coming after the Presidential election.

“I am surprised that INEC still can’t get it right. In many places, Okpekpe, part of Okpella, part of Esan and even in part of Benin, many places in Orhionwmon, we had situations where the card readers were not working.

“In Owan East, up to 2.30pm, the card readers were not working.

“One begins to wonder if people are punished by INEC when they do wrong.

“It is like some people create this situation in ICT so that by the time you solve them, election that is supposed to end by will end up late into the night.

“Considering that Nigeria is basically in the dark under PDP, you understand why delaying the exercise late into the night is an invitation to anarchy and all kinds of confusion.

“In Orhionwmon, we have a couple of incidents. In a couple of places, the card readers were not working where our candidates come from and as many as 12 to 15 units, they had not started accreditation as late as 1.30pm.

“This is crazy and all of this leads to one political outcome; you are now going to experience low turnout because many voters, after experiencing that delay, might simply decide to go home.

“There is an incident where somebody waited, decided to go home, take his car to go and eat and come back and because of the restriction order, he was picked on the way.