Saturday, 28 March 2015

UPDATES AS NIGERIA DECIDES 2015

13:00 (1.00PM)
Governor Fashola and his wife are accredited in Lagos.
Complaints of faulty card readers increasing as manual accreditation is now being done in many centres across the country. Voters interviewed suggest that INEC may really not have been ready yet for this election.
Some voters from Gbagada said they were going to Kosofe to get accredited as card readers at their units were not working.
13:25 (1:25PM)
Voters say accreditation went on smoothly and all card readers worked perfectly atvthe Alimosho, Ikotun area.
13:30 (1.30PM)
Ondo State: Many voters are happy with the accreditation process. Voting started atvthe IbaraOke Area right on 1:30PM
Ekiti State: Many voters indicated they were accredited manually. Reporter corrected an impression being peddled that the Deputy Governor was attacked. The reporter said voters were only asking why the deputy governor was at a centre where he wasn't registered to vote .
13:40 (1:40 PM)
Rivera State: Complainats of card reader mix ups at various polling centres with wrong card readers being sent to centres. The card readers had to be returned while some centres conducted manual accreditation to avoid wasting time.
Ripples begin to show as word filters out that the major opposition party is threatening to boycottvthe polls.
15:00 (3:00PM)
BAYELSA STATE: President Johnathan just voted. Says he is hopeful of winning.
18:00 (6:00PM)
The delay caused by faulty card readers and inadequate logistics impedes completion of the voting process today. INEC has appealed to Nigerians to continue the voting process tomorrow.

UPDATES AS NIGERIA DECIDES 2015

10:39AM
Four different card readers rejected President Johnathan's prints and could not verify his permanent voter's card  (PVC). INEC officials in his polling unit in Bayelsa State,  asked him to come back at 13.00 hours. (1.00 Pm Nigerian time) . Speaking to the media at his polling unit, the President has appealed to Nigerians to remain calm.

UPDATES AS NIGERIA DECIDES 2015

UPDATES AS NIGERIA DECIDES 2015:
[These updates are be based on Radio Reports from across Nigeria]
10:03 AM:
Mixed reactions trail the ongoing accreditation and voting processes going on in Nigeria Saturday 28th March 2015. While in Lagos Areas the card readers have near flawless except for a few areas, in some areas of the North and South South and even in the President's home town Othuke in Bayelsa State, the card readers have been disasterous. The President has reportedly not been accredited yet as the card reader is malfunctioning. This accentuates the fears raised by many critics the past week on the absolute faith rested on applying the card reader technology to this particular elections. It is still early hours yet, and they may yet function perfectly.
On the security arrangements many have commended the calm and orderly manner in which Nigerians are conductingthemselves.



NIGERIA DECIDES 2015: CARD READER ASSURANCES

NIGERIA DECIDES 2015:
CARD READER ISSUES:
Professor Atahiru Jega, INEC chairman assures Nigerians less than 8 hours to the 2015 elections that the Card Readers have not been breached. Declaring on his twitter handle Prof Jega says: " The card reader does not have a master key, it only has a security code and you can only breach the card reader if you have the source code. "
He continues : " Although there have been allegations, but there is no proof indicating that the security code of the card readers have been breached"
Prof. Jega's assurances will go a long way to allay fears that the card readers have been compromised. Indeed there have been intense speculations on this within the past week and hopefully as the Nation goes to the polls later on today, Saturday 28th March 2015 the card readers will function optimally .

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