The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission for insisting on the use of the Card Reader for the April 11 gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections.
Some of the card readers used in the March 28 presidential and national assembly elections malfunctioned thereby forcing the Commission to direct its officials in some states to revert to manual method of accreditation.
However, INEC said in a statement that it would still use the card reading machines to accredit voters in Saturday’s election.
The CNPP said in a statement by its spokesperson, Osita Okechukwu, that by the insistence to use the card readers, the Commission had “withdrawn the guideline which it issued on 28th March, 2015 in respect of the Presidential and National Assembly elections held on that date; which gave room for padding of votes in certain states that nearly marred the peaceful elections.”
The group stated further, “It is our considered view that card reader is an antidote to ballot box stuffing, ballot box snatching and padding of votes; hence ultimate reduction of electoral malpractices and all manner of irregularities”.
It called on all the political parties to instruct their candidates to place the collective interest of Nigeria above personal political survival by using and relying only on the Card Reader.
The CNPP asked INEC to, as a matter of urgent national importance, rectify and take adequate measures to plug all the identified challenges and malfunctions of the card reader device, which featured in the previous elections.
It also asked the Commission to “take urgent steps without fear or favour to cancel any election conducted without the use of the card reader for its potential danger as evidenced during the presidential and national assembly elections.”