*Has no unique finger print

By Lolade Sowoolu
After waiting for over an hour for registering corpers, 88 year old Nasir Ella was denied an opportunity to vote in the coming elections.

The bent over great grand mother who lives in Block 97 Flat 3, Abesan Estate, Ipaja, Lagos had arrived at the polling unit at about 10am on Thursday. She was aided by a neighbour and joined the queue with other residents at PU 005 RA 07 LGA 03.

When the officials arrived at about 11am, neighbours decided to give the old woman preference since she appeared uncomfortable in the harmattan wind.

Attended to by an NYSC member who gave his name as Leke Odupitan, Ella was turned back when one of the fingers of her left hand kept matching that of someone earlier registered.

Dejected, the old woman managed to get up asking her aid to lead the way home.

When Leke was asked what happened, he said he couldn’t explain it but that one of the woman’s fingers had matched another person’s on his laptop. ‘One of the finger prints matched someone else’s on my system. I can’t register her like that. That’s why I told her to go to the headquarters at St Andrews, maybe she’ll be able to register’, said Leke.

St Andrews Anglican school is located a few miles outside the estate. Only determination will make an 88-year old woman head in that direction in the whistling wind of the harmattan.

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