Ngige expresses shock over poor functioning of INEC equipment



Dr Chris Ngige, Minster of Labour and Employment, has expressed shock over functioning of the Biomodal Verification Machine or Car Reader, of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Ngige spoke to journalists at his Nkwoide Alor ward 1, in Idemili Local Government Area, during the Anambra Governorship election on Saturday.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the INEC card reader could not capture both facial and finger print of Ngige as at 2.45 pm after several attempts.


The visibly-disappointed minister said it unfair for the electoral body to pack their equipment for a long time which resulted in their malfunctioning..


“Like you can see, I am home, when the machine start working they should call me,” he said.


Ngige said though he not blaming INEC, advised that in elections the should test-run their equipment a week before the exercise.


Also, Dr Obiora Okonkwo, Governorship Candidate of Zenith Labour Party(ZLP), said functioning of the machiness and the late commencement of polls would adversely affect the process.


Okonkwo, who voted after wasting more than 30 minutes, said many voters would be disenfranchised due to functioning of the machines.


who commended the level of in of the state said there room for improvement in elections.


He said he is hopeful that he would emerge winner, but added that his victory would be more beneficial to the people.


“I will be more concerned on making the people comfortable by delivering on my promises than dancing that I have won an election,” he said. (NAN)