Mark Laments Faulty Card Readers

David Mark-votesThe President of the Senate, David Mark, has described the conduct of the Presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday as largely peaceful in his constituency.

In a statement yesterday, Mr. Mark, however, expressed concern over the reported cases of faulty card readers.

The senate president said after he cast his vote in Otukpo Ward 1, Otukpo, Benue State on Saturday that the exercise was “generally peaceful and organized. The voters queued and complied with the rules”.

He expressed concern over the malfunctioning of the card readers in some polling units and urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to salvage the situation.

“The Otukpo Ward 1, to me is a very well organized polling unit. The people here have been on queue. I have no report of any failure or lapses. But the reports from some areas indicate that card readers have been malfunctioning.

“This situation may not allow many people to participate in the elections. INEC should as a matter of urgency rise up to the challenge and salvage the situation”.

Mr. Mark enjoined the people to remain calm hoping that INEC officials would address the situation.


  1. Despite INEC provide alternative for voting those senior citizens of Nigeria; Jang, Fayose and others who complained should look for other things to complain about. The essence of card reader is clear which is to kill rigging.
    Kudos to Jega and those good inec member.
    Recommendation; cameras with face scanning capabilities should be incorporated to finger print scanner and use it as an alternative….