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April 11 polls: INEC insists on use of card readers

Posted: Apr 7, 2015 at 9:50 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


By Joe Nwankwo, Abuja

Ahead of Saturday’s Governorship and State Houses Assembly elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared that only the card readers would be used.

The commission also maintained that the use of manual voting would no longer be allowed.

A statement signed by the commission’s Secretary, Mrs Augusta Ogakwu, said the provision of the ‘Guidelines for the conduct of the 2015 general elections’, which outlined what should be done if a card reader fails and cannot be replaced by the commission within a specified time frame (i.e. reschedule the election to the next day), will be enforced.

According to Ogakwu, “INEC wishes to inform all Nigerians that card readers will be used for the April 11, 2015 elections.

She maintained that “the relaxation of the guideline on  March 28, 2015 was only with respect to the Presidential and National Assembly elections held on that date.

“The commission has reviewed the operation of the card reader in the March 28 elections, identified the challenges and has taken adequate measures to address them.

Reacting to the development the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) commended the commission for insisting on the use of the card readers, noting that it would reduce rigging.

In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Osita Okechukwu, CNPP said, “we salute the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for insisting on the imperative of the use of the Card Reader for the April 11 gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections.