A ballot box filled with ballot is pictured before being counted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at a polling station in Yenagoa in Bayelsa State ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Abuja - Fifteen political parties and five presidential aspirants have threatened not to participate in the forthcoming general elections over the use of card readers for the polls, reports Punch.
The parties and the aspirants noted that the use of the machines has a lot of implications, which may negatively impact on the conduct of a credible, free and fair elections.
The Chairman of Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD), Dr Onwubuya Breakforth who spoke on behalf of the political parties at a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, said the device is relatively a new technology that has not been tested or tried in a kind of mock election or previous formal elections prio to this time.
He stated the decision by INEC to commence the test-run of the use of Card Readers in some of select states across the country on Saturday March 7, would not provide the commission enough time to rectify whatever anomaly that would likely arise from that exercise.
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