Card Reader Hiccups Avoidable – PDP

Olisa Metuh

The Peoples Democratic Party says the poor functionality of the Permanent Voter Card readers in Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections across the country could have been avoided if the Independent National Electoral Commission had listened to sound advice from well meaning individuals and organizations including the PDP regarding their deployment without proper testing.

The National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Olisa Metuh in a statement on Saturday said the last minute resort to manual accreditation by INEC hours into the exercise against its earlier guidelines clearly shows the failure of the system.

“The unfortunate development is a vindication of our earlier position that as good as the idea of card readers is, it was too virgin to be successfully used in a general election without proper testing especially in an environment as ours that is not entirely digitally proficient”, it said.

The party described as a huge national embarrassment the that the card reader had problems in accrediting President Goodluck Jonathan, Governors Jonah Jang, of Plateau, James Ngilari of Adamawa, Isa Yuguda of Buachi among others and called for thorough explanation from INEC.

The PDP equally frowned at reported cases of accreditation of under-aged persons in some states especially in the northern part of the country and called on INEC not only to ensure that such unqualified persons are not allowed to vote but also to prosecute its officials involved in the crime.

The ruling party said it is seriously concerned about the developments given the avowed commitment of the President Goodluck Jonathan-led PDP administration to hitch-free, fair and credible electoral process.

It charged the electoral commission to take urgent steps within the law to ensure that no willing and qualified voter is disenfranchised, while urging Nigerians to remain calm in the overall interest of the nation.


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  • Elias

    You guys know what you do that makes the card not working. Nobody can trust you having trusted you with destiny of Nigeria for 16 years and see what you have turned Nigeria to. God is ready to deliver Nigeria from your hands intimidation or no intimidation, fraud or no fraud, hacking or no hacking.

  • Arabakpura

    All the people who failed card readers accreditation do not have clean hands! Period! It looks like the card readers are programed to identify and reject looters!

  • Unekwesylv.

    How manage APC got the foreknowledge that the biometric card reader matchine has protective film covering the lens abinitio. Wonderful confession tricling out

  • Segun

    Jega was deceived by APC. It is so bad.

  • Segun

    It is so bad that despite all the advise from experts againat card reader Jega decided to support APC,

  • Victor Gee

    Jega going back to manual is an indication of vindication of PDP earlier stand on card reader.

  • Victor Gee

    No matter how Jega manipulate this process, Jonathan will win.

    • tundemash

      Yeah right !

  • Thepeople

    Metuh and the government should hide their facesin shame instead of the effontery of blaming the card reader for been too virgin to used in our primitive digital environment. If we lack such basic infracstructure as proficient digital environment, who is to blame? The same incompetent government still living in the dark ages. NIGERIA Needs to be dragged to the 21st century and it not Jonathan and the present government that would do it. CHANGE IS HERE

  • tundemash

    Metuh the liar. Card hiccups is normal and acceptable. Common electricity, your party couldn’t fix for 16 years. Bottom line is Dumbo was able to vote.
    Below was your national chairman today.

  • Hon Chuks O

    card reader or no card reader, it is still GEJ all the way in the whole south east

  • taiwo

    INEC and Jega were merely seeking to justify the monies they wasted on the card reader procurement,but no weapobn fashioned against GOD’s anointed can prosper.GEJ on cruising mode