Supporters rides in a campaign bus of Nigeria's leading opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari and his unning mate Yemi Osinbajo in Lagos on January 24, 2015. Unknown gunmen stormed and bombed the site of a ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Abuja - The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to ensure the integrity of the forthcoming general elections through the use of the card reader machine to authenticate the genuiness of voters.
This is contained in a statement released to newsmen in Abuja on Friday and signed by the Director of Media and Publicity of the APC Presidential Campaign Oorganisation, Malam Garba Shehu.
According to the statement, INEC’s decision to use card-readers is borne out of the need to ensure electoral transparency and integrity.
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"We insist on the use of Card Readers for authenticating the propriety of the Permanent Voter Cards.
"These, in our estimation as a credible party, remain the irreducible minimum that must form the basis for the conduct of free, fair, and credible elections on March 28 and April 11.
"Aside the huge financial investment involved in the procurement of the Card Readers, the desire to hoodwink the Nigerian people on this anti-rigging device, is not just subterranean but an affront on the independence of the electoral body.''
The statement also said that based on the recent ruling of a Federal High Court in Sokoto against the use of soldiers for election duties, APC was opposed to the use of soldiers for the elections.