Abuja - The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for insisting on the use of card readers for governorship and State House of Assembly elections this coming weekend.
National Publicity Secretary, Osita Okechukwu, said the card reader was an antidote to ballot box stuffing, ballot box snatching and padding of votes.
“We salute the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for insisting on the imperative of the use of the Card Reader for the 11th April gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections,” Okechukwu said.
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The CNPP however noted the problems around the use of the readers during the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
The machines largely malfunctioned or electoral agents were ignorant how to operate them.
CNPP called on the commission take adequate measures to plug all the identified challenges and malfunctions.
“INEC should 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,” CNPP said.