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Nigerian parties divided over card readers

The APC in Nigeria has demanded the use of card readers across the country.

FILE: The APC in Nigeria has demanded the use of card readers across the country. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nigeria has demanded the use of card readers across the country for the extended presidential and national assembly elections on Sunday, except in cases where the card readers fail to work.

Card readers deployed for the elections failed to read the biometrics of voters in some Polling units including that of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Voting is continuing in Nigeria's Presidential and National Assembly elections following the extension by a day, of voting by the electoral body.

Polls opened as early as 8am in areas where voting started late or could not be concluded on Saturday.

The APC said using the card readers where they have no hitches will enhance the integrity of the process.

On the part of the ruling People's Democratic Party, it has described the failure of the card reader in accrediting President Jonathan as a huge national embarrassment.

The leader of the Niger Delta People Volunteer Force Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari described the card reader machine as a fraud.

"This card reader is not mentioned under electoral law and they insisted that it should be used."

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