However, during the demonstration of the card readers with about 10 residents, there were hitches as some voters said they had to use about nine fingers before they could be authenticated.A member of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Abdulahi Ulegi, said he is satisfied with the preparation of the FCT-INEC expressing hope that same feat recorded during the demonstration would be replicated during the elections. On his part, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the FCT, BitrusTanko, said he is satisfied with the process but that “one of the things I have observed is that the process is cumbersome, it could mar the election process,” he said. He said INEC should upgrade the process in such a way that will be faster, adding that only what is demonstrated would be accepted during the polls. The Residents Electoral Commissioner, Prof. Jacob Jatau, reiterated the preparedness of the electoral body for the 2015 polls, adding that “Before the postponement, we are technically ready.”He said the delay in voters accreditation witnessed during the demonstration would not be repeated during the polls though he advised residents to clean their finders before placing it on the Smart Card Readers. He said ahead of the polls, 69 polling units in controversial places like somebody’s house, open field and religion places have been relocated to allow for the use of the Smart Card Readers while he said there are now 562 polling units in the territory.He said non-sensitive materials for the elections have been received while sensitive materials would be received on Wednesday and transferred to all area councils accordingly. While addressing the press, FCT Commissioner of Police, Wilson Inalegwu said officers have been properly trained to ensure the security of residents before, during and after the elections. He said police would be deployed in large numbers while he enjoined residents to be orderly and peaceful during and after the polls.
If you are happy to be contacted by a Daily Trust journalist please leave a telephone
number that we can contact you on. In some cases a selection of your comments will
be published, displaying your name as you provide it and location, unless you state
otherwise. Your contact details will never be published. When sending us pictures,
video or eyewitness accounts at no time should you endanger yourself or others,
take any unnecessary risks or infringe any laws. Please ensure you have read the
terms and conditions.