MAKURDI – Most card readers assigned for the Presidential and senatorial elections, particularly those in Benue South senatorial district of Benue state experienced some form of malfunction.
However, electoral materials arrived almost all the polling units in the state on time, even as voting has been generally peaceful.
Daily Independent correspondents in the state who made the rounds, noted that in Makurdi, the Benue state capital, the turn out for the elections have been impressive.
However, general voters apathy has greeted the election in Agatu Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.
Even though, Benue state governor Samuel Ortom voted at his home town in Gbajimba, Guma LGA without any hitches, Emmanuel Jime, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state could not vote on time, due a malfunctioned card reader.
Up to the time of compiling this report by 11:00am, Jime was yet to vote, as INEC staff were still battling with the card reader to find a way on round the challenge.
Dorcas Baaki, Presiding Officer, Ndabagi polling, 011, North Bank, where Jime was to vote said she had reported the matter to the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) office in the state, but was yet to get a response.
Jime who was at the polling unit as early as 8:30am said it was very depressing and frustrating, considering the elections were postponed in order to correct some of these anomalies.
However, voters apathy greeted the elections in Agatu LGA of the state on Saturday.
This may be connected to the herdsmen attack on Ebete community of the LGA earlier in the week.
But, the general complaint in Benue south senatorial district is that most of the card readers in the area have experienced one form of malfunction or another.