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Electronic voting glitches hobble Nigerian election
Electronic voting glitches hobble Nigerian election

At the heart of Nigeria’s hopes for the fairest election in its history Saturday is a handheld biometric device designed to stop rigging. But as Ahmed Bashir placed his thumb on the reader Saturday morning, nothing happened. He put his thumb on again. Nothing. And again. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) official shook his head in wonder. The electronic reader was supposed to take just 10 seconds to accept a voter’s print. It took more than five minutes, and dozens of efforts before the reader finally accepted Bashir’s thumbprint. Then the next voter stepped forward, and the same thing happened, as the crush of voters around the official grew...

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