#NigeriaDecides2019: How Card Reader Delayed Ogun Gov. Amosun From Voting
Many voters in Ogun state were left frustrated during the presidential and national assembly elections on Saturday.
The positive feeling of the card reader recognizing their permanent voters cards suddenly turned to frustration when the same machine failed to recognize their thumbs and they were forced to wait endlessly to cast their votes.
The state governor, Mr Ibikunle Amosun, was not spared as the card reader failed to recognize his thumb at ward 2, polling unit 5 in Itoko area.
Same was experienced by his wife whose PVC was also acknowledged by the card reader, but her thumb was not.
The INEC staff immediately gave them water and soap to clean their thumbs, but the card reader still failed to recognize their thumbs.
Amosun, alongside his wife were later given the go-ahead to cast their votes, since their PVC was recognized by the card reader.
It was same situation for several voters in Ijebu Ode, Sagamu, Iperu, Ikenne who had to cast their votes using only their PVC for accreditation instead of both PVC and thumb.
Some of the voters who spoke to Bounce News in Iperu,
Sagamu and Ijebu Ode expressed concern over the time wasted before they could vote.
Mrs. Dupe Ajayi said: "I got here 7am, I checked my name on the voters’ register list and I saw it.
“Now this is 11am, I have not voted, card reader is yet to work, they said we should wait till 9am before but when it started working around 9am, it's not seeing my thumb.
“We are told to line up again so we can use only our PVC but I have lost my number on the line, I’ll have to queue at the back, I'll be 60 this year and this people are doing this to me.”
Some of the voters including ad-hoc staffs in Abeokuta got to the polling units around 7:00am.
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