Voters at the polling unit in ward 044 located in Isheri – Olofin area of Alimosho, have complained about the time spent for their cards to be read, while some are frustrated as their names are not on the list INEC has.
Although some voters were at the polling unit as early as 5:00am this morning before the scheduled time, accreditation didn’t commence until 9:30am. The turnout was every impressive with quite a number of people out here to perform their civic duty. There was a fight scare when some voters who had been there early complained of preferential treatment for the late arrivals. Pregnant women, aged and disabled were attended to first. It was interesting to see even the blind turn up at the polling unit to also make their votes count. A blind man who came in with a young boy in tow was considered a beggar at first and was about to be sent away from the area, however the moment he brought out his PVC, everybody was shocked and those that were castigating him at first shut up.
However, the major complain here at the centre was that the card readers were too slow. Some say its a malfunction, and are wondering why the Federal Government will acquire equipment without testing to see that they work properly. In addition to these issues, some voters couldn’t even find their names on the list, giving the INEC executives a tough time to address.
Many voters are urging the INEC officials to resort to the manual method of accreditation, if the card readers are not working. In Alimosho ward 044 the accredidations are still going on, we hope a lot of people are able to get theirs done before 1pm.