The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the Ekiti governorship election, Prof. Olusola Eleka, has now cast his ballot after INEC manually accredited him.
The man who wants to succeed his mentor, Governor Ayo Fayose voted at 11.10 a.m.
Earlier, the INEC card reader rejected his PVC twice, according to The Nation.
The newspaper also reported that the INEC card reader also failed to the PVC of Eleka’s wife.
“It is only the PDP candidate’s PVC that was not read by the card reader in his unit. Everyone else has been verified so far and voting ongoing”, The Nation said.
NAN reporter in Ikere-Ekiti, Adedeji Egbebi reported that Eleka voted following the intervention of National Commissioner of INEC, Professor Anthonia Taiye.
Eleka thanked the INEC commissioner for creating alternative means for him to cast his vote.
He appealed to the National Commissioner of INEC to ensure that all the card readers in Ikere Ekiti polling units are functioning properly.
Taiye, who supervised voting in the area had promptly assured Eleka, at a press briefing that he would cast his vote, after she was notified.
She said that some of the major reasons why the card reader often rejects the PVCs was because the owners often tamper with the sensitive part of the card and whenever it happens, the machine would reject the card.
” Card readers often reject card whenever the sensitive parts are tampered with.
” In the case of Prof. Olusola Eleka, I have contacted our ICT operators and the head office in Abuja and they are currently working on it and I want to him that he would vote before the vote ends,” she said