POLITICS; INEC States Why They Intoduced ‘CARD READERS’

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By Eyizle Ene-Okon
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday said they decided to introduce card readers for voters’ accreditation in other to verify the rightful owners of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).

Mr Abdulganiyu Bello, an Electoral Officer for Baruten Local Government Area of Kwara, stated this in Kosubosu at a meeting with stakeholders in the area.

He said the device would avert impersonation and voting by proxy during the general elections.

He urged the electorate to cooperate with INEC officials in ensuring a hitch-free exercise.

“Let’s target peaceful electioneering; I want to urge politicians not to cause any disruption because you believe a particular place is a stronghold of opponents.

“The result in that place might be helpful in the eventual outcome,” he continued by saying that INEC would ensure that no polling unit has more than 750 registered voters.

He added that; the electoral process in all polling units would hold between 8.00a.m. and 3.00p.m on election days repectively.
According to our correspondence, participants at the meeting persuaded with INEC to ensure that accreditation begins in all units by 8.00 a.m.

They also appealed to the commission to be patient with some voting casualties like; voters who wish to clarify issues on election days.