Nigerian Senate expresses confidence in Jega, INEC; okays card readers for elections

The Senate in session

Ahead of the March and April Nigerian general elections, the Senate has expressed satisfaction with the level of readiness and preparedness of the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct free, fair and credible elections.

The Senate’s position on INEC and the forthcoming elections was disclosed by David Mark, the Senate President, following the briefing and demonstration of the workings of the card reader by INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega, and his team during plenary on Wednesday.

To guarantee the credibility of the elections and prevent use of fake permanent voter cards, the electoral management body will use card readers for accreditation of voters, Mr. Jega, a Professor of Political Science, said.

Expressing confidence in Mr. Jega and INEC in his remark, Mr. Mark assured the Commission of support of the Senate to conduct free, fair and credible elections.
He added that the session was beneficial to both INEC and the lawmakers.

“We have so much confidence that you will organise free, fair and credible elections; indeed all of us who are standing for election in the Senate will like to come back,” Mr. Mark said. “We will like to win our election but we want to win in free, fair and credible elections. I can say that nobody seated here wants to come back through the back door.

“It is for us to assist you to conduct free, fair and credible elections and whatever we can do between now and the date you have chosen for us to go for the elections, we will not hesitate to do. I believe that you have benefitted from this interaction; we have also benefitted. A number of issues have been raised and they are pointers to the way you will like to look at the administrative and technical issues that have also been raised.’’

Mr. Mark also urged his colleagues to utilise the electronic mail facility provided by INEC to report problems they and other people might be experiencing in their constituencies.

Although two senators of the Peoples Democratic Party, Heineken Lokpobri and Odion Ugbesia, argued against the use of card readers for the coming elections on the ground of alleged unconstitutionality, Mr. Jega stood his ground and argued that no section of the constitution forbade electronic device for accreditation.

He explained the difference between actual voting and accreditation, saying electronic devices such as card reader was only unconstitutional in respect of actual voting, defined as casting of ballot and dropping it in the ballot box.


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    In the course of this visit, General Buhari is expected to hold meetings with the queen her majesty and key members of the British political
    establishment and interact with some global institutions with stakeholder interest in the affairs of Nigeria.
    General Buhari would hopefully give a talk at the prestigious foreign policy hub, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatam House in London, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatam House in London,

  • Dankasa

    Is quite unfortunate that some PDP Senators can not read, understand and interpret our Constitution, the same document they voted to protect. Or can we look at this silly move as their usual sentiment which, of cause, exposes them to a high level of weakness? Haba…! Card reader or no card reader, your party can never win election again, take it or leave it! And by May 29, your party becomes the Nigeria’s main OPPOSITION ooooO!

    • Nduka The Great

      Haahaa! Tension don catch you!

      • Maria

        Are you not ashamed that your senators dont know the difference between using card readers for accreditation and using card readers for voting? These are the kinds of illiterates advising Jonadaft who himself is commander in chief of illiterates.

  • Harry

    Nigeria is bigger than PDP, it’s time they should go back to farm, as they don’t seems to know the laws of the nation they were elected to legislate. All power belongs to the people, Nigerians are in charge now, no space for cluelessness anymore, we shall always go for the best option. Thieves can never rule Nigeria again, it’s finish.

  • warry

    Please i want to beg Jega to make the PVC cards of millions of Nigerians he is withholding up till now,available.A lot of Nigerians have been going to INEC offices nationwide with they being told their cards are not available.The idea i am yet to produce millions of PVC’s yet ready for the elections after the elections ought to have been conducted is a national disgrace.It appears most Nigerians like deceit and half truths.

  • favourtalk

    We all need our PVC to send this people out of the Aso rock, we are tired of the disgrace brought upon us by the arm forces in the country. We need change to correct any abnormality in the nation