Nigeria Decides 2019: Okowa bemoans failure of Card Readers in parts of the state

Expresses satisfaction with the electoral process

By Unue Emeka,

Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa bemoaned the failure of the Card Readers to work effectively in some parts of Delta State, charging the electoral body to up their game in order not to disenfranchised Deltans.  

Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, casting his vote at Ward 2, Unit 3, during the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly Elections, held in Oni Primary School Owa-Alero, Delta State.

The Governor stated this Saturday, after casting his votes in the Presidential and National Assembly elections at Unit 3, Ward 2, Owa Alero, Ika North East local government area of the state at exactly 10.02 am, expressed confidence in the electoral process.

Okowa noted that, “things are going well and from the reports I have received, we are having positive calls from different parts of the state apart from some hiccups that can be handled.”

According to the governor, “we have received a lot of calls that the card readers are not working in some units, including one of the units in my Ward but, the officials of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are working to check the situation.”

“Everywhere is calm and we hope that our people throughout the state will continue to remain patient and report any electoral challenges to the INEC officials,” he said, observing that the reports from Oshimili South local government indicates that security operatives were not allow free movement of people which was likely to disenfranchise some persons if not relaxed.

He stated, “Security should be relaxed a little in Oshimili South local government, especially in Asaba so that people who have their voters’ cards should be allowed to cast their votes.”

Governor Okowa also, urged the security operatives to be vigilant and should not take the peaceful situation across the state for granted, reiterating, “security operatives should be at alert and be vigilant until the results are announced, until the elections are over because, we want the peaceful atmosphere we are recording across the state to be sustained.”

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