INEC insists on using Card Readers for governorship election

The Independent National Electoral Commission has restated its commitment to use card readers for the governorship and state House of Assembly elections on Saturday.

INEC stated this in its statement on Monday by Secretary to the Commission, Mrs. Augusta Ogakwu.

It said, “The provision of the Guidelines for the conduct of the 2015 General Elections, which outlined what is to 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.”

It explained that the relaxation of the strict use of card reader was only limited to the March 28 election due to the circumstances regarding the card reader use that day, saying the commission had taken steps to address the identified lapses for future elections.

INEC added, “The relaxation of the Guideline on 28th March 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 28th March Elections, identified the challenges and has taken adequate measures to address them.”

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