Saturday, September 25, 2021

Local Government Polls: Faulty Voting Machines Mars Polls Amid Low Turnout

The Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) provided for use in the remaining four local government council elections slated for today in Kaduna State, failed to recognise some voters’ cards.
Recall that KADSIECOM postponed Kaduna Local Government Elections in four Local Governments; Kajuru, Chikun, Birnin Gwari, Kauru to September 25, 2021 (Today) due to security threat.
But as the accreditation and votes were about to commence, voting machines in Kajuru LGA could not pick, and unable to print.
Besides voting machines failure, some voters were completely absent as they went to their farms, while others attended to their immediate needs without recognising Local Government elections.

Following this, only a few voters turned out. Some of those who turned out for voting in Kajuru LGA were that disappointed due to voting machine failure.
Most places visited in Kajuru, Mararaba, I0don, Kasuwan Magani, and KUFANA wards, were completely empty, deserted by some voters who cannot wait for engineers to carry out repairs on the faulty machines.

According to Mrs. Juliana Barde, poling officer, said, “We haven’t commenced accreditation and voting because the machine cant print.
“And we are trying to reach our supervising polling officer to inform him of the challenges, but we can’t get through to him,”

At Peter Laki polling unit, voting was yet to commence as the EVM was also acting incorrectly especially on the set date and time.

James Kanyip, the Deputy Chief of Staff, Government House who was at the polling unit to cast his vote, urged the electorates to be patient with the machines as it was only the second time it was being used in the state.
Kanyip urged the voters to vote wisely as their choices have consequences.

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