INEC insists on Card Readers for Saturday’s governorship election

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Monday announced that Card Readers would be used for Saturday’s governorship and houses of assembly elections across the country.

“The Independent National Electoral Commission wishes to inform all Nigerians that Card Readers will be used for the April 11, 2015 Elections,” Augusta Ogakwu, Secretary to the Commission, said in a statement Monday morning.

Ms. Ogakwu added, “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.

“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.”

The Card Readers had malfunctioned in some parts of the country during the March 28 presidential and national assembly elections, forcing INEC to suspend its use in some polling units across the country.

INEC later said after the elections that one of the reasons the card readers failed was because its officials failed to remove the protective film on the lens of the equipment.

Some of the devices failed to read the biometric data of voters who turned up to perform their civic duties at various polling stations across the country.

President Goodluck Jonathan was one of those unable to get accreditation with the electronic device when he turned up at his Unit 13 polling station in his hometown in Otuoke, Bayelsa State, to vote. For more than half an hour the electoral officials at the unit battled unsuccessfully to get the president accredited.

Despite about four of the devices deployed to ensure that the president and his wife were accredited, he still ended up being accredited manually to vote during the exercise after being issued the INEC incidence form.

But speaking on Sunday, March 29, on a television programme to review the conduct of the exercise, Kayode Idowu, the spokesperson to the INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega, said the devices may have failed to function as a result of the non-removal of the protective film on their lenses.


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  • Maitama Tambari

    Yes Pro. Jega. All the way. It has curtailed rigging in four political zones. I believe the other two will succum to card readers in this election because the price of success or failure is very much high for them, SOUTH EAST and SOUTH SOUTH.

  • Islamists_in_Power

    .BREAKING!!!!!! Vote for Ambode or Perish Inside the Lagoon, Oba Akiolu Tells Igbos
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    Igbos living in Lagos were told on Sunday to vote for the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Akinwumi Ambode, or else they will die in the lagoon.

    A visibly angry Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, in an unconcealed threat, stated that he was not ready to beg the Igbos, but if they repeated what they did on March 28 when they voted for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), President Goodluck Jonathan, then they should be ready for the consequences.

    The above would have been newsworthy were it a statement by Edwin Clark or Sir Dokubo Asari or Chief Government Ekpemuoplo or any PDP supporter. How petty Premiumtimes really is! Nonsense!

    Islamists vampires in power. This is how US supported Saddam against Iran and later discovered the real Saddam.

    • Akiika

      All these e-rats still dey here, election is over…there is a winner. Go use your data service for something productive.

    • John, The Truth liberates

      Still having hangover? Wake up to reality. Change is here and stop living in the past

  • shola

    A right decision. This Jega card has come to stay, for ever. This card is your MASTER CARD, and is meant to demonstrate your power of who should have a say in your every day live. CAST YOUR VOTE FOR WHOM YOU TRUST. THAT IS THE ONLY WEAPON YOU HAVE. SHOW THAT YOU ARE EMANCIPATED!!!

  • Akiika

    Of course now, card reader has come to stay!

  • Yes o! SCR is it. No manual registration. They exploited manual registration to rig in some places in the last election.

  • Du Covenant

    Yes Sir!, we hear you loud and clear…I am not sure Pwajok the nephew of Jang and his uncle are hearing too!!!…Card readers are hear to stay and will never be business as usual.

  • John, The Truth liberates

    In addition prof, the result sheets should also be like card reader so it doesn’t disappear like in some SE & SS states as witnessed last presidential election

    • rhad

      very funny

  • rhad

    we don’t professor that only reads typed document but cannot read his own handwriting even with flood light. there is God oooo

  • redeem

    fake stories–did u use the card readers in kano–ati kano–why would u not use them—-jonathan is gone–so do whatever u like with them in sokoto

  • Ed

    Addition in Addition the votes Must be counted at the polling station immediately after the closing. The result should be announce to the voters right there ward by ward. That’s the only way to stop all rigging.

  • Samadani

    The successes recorded in the last election is mainly due to the card readers used. In places where they deliberately sabotaged the card readers just to have their ways of rigging through multi thumb printing and ballot stuffing as witnessed in Akwa Ibom state in the video that went viral on social media, INEC should be bold to cancel results produced without the use of the card readers. Period!!! The PDPigs whose political fortune is hinged on rigging galore will soon come home to roost. We go soon see them nyash. UP JEGA.

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