Most of the Card Reader machines deployed for the conduct of the Kogi State governorship election have been working effectively across the state.
Correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria who visited some polling units in different parts of the state observed that not much hitches had been recorded by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission handling the card readers.
Some party agents and election officials who spoke with NAN in separate interviews also confirmed that there was great improvement in the effectiveness of the machines compared to the last general elections.
A visit to polling units in Okene, Ogori-Magongo, Adavi, Ajaokuta, Kabba-Bunu, Mopa-Muro, Yagba West and Yagba East local government areas of the state indicated that the machines were working well.
NAN reports that only a few challenges were encountered with the machines in Kabba/Bunu, Ijumu and Ajaokuta local government areas of the state.
However, an INEC official in Egbada-Egga in Ijumu Local Government Area, Michael Obinna, assured that the hitches associated with a few of the machines were being addressed.
It will recalled that about 4,000 card reading machines had been deployed by INEC for the governorship election in the state.
The commission said the machines had been “configured, tested and ready to go”.
Meanwhile, the election has been generally peaceful across the state.