THE field testing of Smart Card Readers, SCRs, by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Saturday, in Lagos, was generally successful as the exercise was bereft of technical challenges.
The event which commenced at 8am across the 50 voting points in Onigbongbo Ward in Ikeja, held simultaneously at the various polling units.
Prospective voters came out in trickles with their Permanent Voters’ Card, PVCs, for the accreditation process which was done by four INEC officials in each of the voting points.
Unlike other voting points in Onigbongbo, the turn out at most of the polling units in Ikeja G.R.A was not impressive.
At the places Vanguard visited, the process of authentication of the PVCs which was done by swiping of the PVCs against the SCRs was smooth, just as the thumbprints of most prospective voters were generally recognized by the SCRs.
Specifically, the process of authentication lasted between 60 seconds and two minutes.
Some residents, who had thought the exercise was for PVCs collection, used the opportunity to compliant that they were yet to get their PVCs, despite seeing their names on the voters’ register.
Others, who spoke to Vanguard,expressed satisfaction with the exercise, even as they lamented that INEC was not doing enough on public enlightenment.
The Lagos State chairman of INEC, Mr. Akin Orebiyi, who monitored the exercise, commended the event, noting that the result had cleared doubts about the efficiency of SCRs.
His words: “The intention of today’s exercise is primarily to test the efficiency of the Smart Card Readers. That is why we are here. And we have achieved good results. This shows that the card readers are efficient. So, politicians who have doubts about the device can now see that the device will contribute in making the elections credible.’’