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Card-reader will be more user-friendly – INEC

2015-04-10 09:31
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

Enugu - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has assured the electorate that the card-reader would be more user-friendly in the governorship and House of Assembly elections on Saturday.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Enugu state, Professor Chukwuemeka Onukaogu, gave this assurance in an interview on Thursday in Enugu.

Onukaogu said that the commission had tasked its team of experts in Information Communications Technology (ICT) to adjust the card-reader to enable it function better than it did in the previous elections.

According to him, the commission is fully prepared for the elections on Saturday and it has taken delivery of sensitive materials from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

He said that the materials had been deployed in the various local government areas in the state.

"We are going to hold a meeting with the Inter Agency Committee on Election Security (ICES), where we shall look into the complaints we got during the March 28 elections.

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"We shall see if the level of security at the April 11 elections can increase more than that of the Presidential and National Assembly polls.

"We have noted some of the causes for the late arrival of materials and we have signed an agreement with the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to ensure early delivery of the materials," he said.

Reacting to alleged possession of multiple Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) by some politicians during the March 28 elections, the REC said the matter was still under investigation.

 "We have set up a committee to investigate the matter. As soon as it is through with the investigations, we shall make a statement on that.

 "We will arrive on time and we shall make sure that this election is more credible and transparent than the last elections," Onukaogu said.

He assured that the commission, in partnership with ICES, would address the issue of party agents' alleged molestation at all levels of the elections.

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