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Opposition calls for e-voting in Ekiti, Osun

27 May 2014, 08:07Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The All Progressives Congress (APC) has tasked the Independent National Electoral Commission to introduce the use of the e-card readers to ensure credible elections in Ekiti and Osun States.

In a statement, APC Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said using the device for the Ekiti gubernatorial polls next month and the Osun poll in August would make it possible for INEC to fine-tune its deployment on a nationwide scale for the 2015 general elections.

“Contrary to what INEC has said, the e-card reader is very adaptable, and its application is not subject to any environmental peculiarity once the basics of operations are met. It is therefore surprising to read INEC's claim that the sensitivity of the elections in Ekiti and Osun will not recommend the use of the card reader,” APC stated.

The party said the use of e-card reader would eliminate the rigging of elections through the use of stolen or purchased voter cards, and ensure that only those with authentic voter cards were allowed to cast their votes on election day.

 “Impersonation, multiple voting and endless altercations and associated tension will be eliminated at the voting centres with the use of e-card reader and not by any other means. Also, the e-card reader will ensure the automatic recording of all accredited voters with verified permanent voter's cards in such a way that does not lend itself to manipulation, thus preventing the falsification of results at the collation centres.”

APC said going by the total number of polling units in both states, the e-card readers required for the elections in the two states total 3 500, with sufficient provision made for redundancy to cater for malfunctioning, since Ekiti has 2 195 polling units and Osun has 3 100 polling units and the elections are billed to hold on different dates.

“To test-run the device before the actual elections and further strengthen the credibility of the electoral process, e-card readers should be immediately deployed to the Local Government offices of INEC in Ekiti and Osun,” the party said.

- CAJ News

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