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
Kwara - The Independent
National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday said it introduced card readers
for voters’ accreditation in order to verify the rightful owners of Permanent
Voter Cards (PVCs).
Mr Abdulganiyu Bello, the Electoral Officer for Baruten
Local Government Area of Kwara, stated this in Kosubosu at a meeting with
stakeholders in the area.
Bello 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.
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“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 said.
Bello also said the commission would ensure that no polling
unit had more than 750 registered voters.
He added that electoral process in all polling units would
hold between 8.00a.m. and 3.00p.m. on election days.
The participants at
the meeting had urged INEC to ensure that accreditation begins in all units by
They also appealed to the commission to be patient with
voters who wish to clarify issues on election days.