The governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy, Chief Olusola Oke, has expressed disappointment at the malfunctioning of some card readers deployed by the Independent National Electoral Commission in some local government areas in the Ondo South Senatorial District.
Oke, who bared his mind in an interview with journalists after casting his vote at Ugbo Ward 3 Unit 005, said the faulty devices frustrated some voters, especially in his stronghold.
The AD candidate cast his vote around 9.17am, saying he would win the poll.
The candidate, who defected from the All Progressives Congress after the APC primaries, later said he was impressed with the turnout of voters in the Ilaje Local Government Area.
He said, “I am not easily frustrated, but it is embarrassing as a candidate that the card reader could not easily recognise some voters, including candidates.”
He warned against the subversion of the will of the people and called on security agents to be vigilant in order to prevent manipulation, especially during the collation of results.
Our correspondent, who monitored the election, observed that the election was peaceful in all the units visited in Ilaje Local Government Area.
Apart from the AD candidate, some voters at Ugbonla also complained that the card readers malfunctioned and that an INEC technical employee had to rectify the fault before accreditation could continue.
A leader of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ugbonla, Oyewunmi Ogunfeyimi, said the card reader in Unit 006 Ward 2 recognised some cards but failed to recognise others.
The AD collation agent, Daniel Mafolabomi, also complained about the card readers at various units in Ward 2.
But an INEC technician, who declined to disclose his name, said the errors were minor and had been rectified.
Meanwhile, boat operators at the Ugbonla Jetty capitalised on heavy human traffic in the area to make quick money.
One of the boat drivers charged N35,000 to take just two passengers to and from Ilowo where the Alliance for Democracy governorship candidate, Oke, cast his vote.
Exotic cars and various types of vehicles were parked on all the streets leading to the jetty in Ugbonla as the indigenes of the riverine communities in the area returned home to cast their votes.
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