The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reacted to the critical situation with the inability of many people to vote during today.
According to the commission, movement restrictions during the second day of voting in the Presidential and National Assembly elections on March 29, Sunday, remain.
Read the latest statement published via the official handle @INECAlert moments ago:
The INEC has been monitoring field reports on the accreditation process since commencement this morning.
Whereas the process has gone well in several places, in some others it has encountered some challenges, especially because of the card readers.
Consequently, the accreditation has been slow in many places and has not commenced at all in some others.
Even though the guidelines for the 2015 general elections provide that where card readers fail to work and cannot be replaced, elections in such polling units will be postponed to the next day.
The scale of the challenge we have observed has necessitated a reconsideration of the provision of the guidelines.
The commission has therefore decided that in the polling units where card readers fail to work, the Presiding Officer shall manually accredit voters.
The Presiding Officer shall mark the voters register upon being satisfied that the person presenting a PVC is the owner.
Notwithstanding, in PUs where accreditation was suspended to the next day in accordance with the guidelines arrangements will be made for voters to vote tomorrow, subject to the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010.
The commission reassures the public that it will thoroughly investigate what happened while it stays committed to credible elections.