Politics

Jimi Agbaje expresses concern over malfunctioning card reader

Governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos, Jimi Agbaje has decried the state of the malfunctioning card readers during voting at his polling unit in Apapa.

Agbaje who voted around 11.20am at polling unit 004, Ward A, Liverpool, Apapa, said the card reader rejected his fingerprint, that of his wife and three others.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that they eventually voted after they were manually verified, a situation which he says is susceptible to electoral fraud.

Agbaje said, “Coming to my polling unit, I am concerned that the card readers are not working; the five, six of us, that came to vote before and after me, the card reader wasn’t working.

“And that opens room to all kinds of insinuations, all kinds of mischief and for me, when you get a situation where you have to bypass the card reader, that means we haven’t gotten it right.

“It means it is now open to all kinds of human manipulation because if a card reader doesn’t work, one can collude with one or two officials there, and with the wrong information, bypass the system.

“That is the issue, because there is no room in that place for the agents to confirm that the person whose card did not work on the card reader is the owner of that card. So, games can be played.”

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