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State governors to buy INEC laptops

17 May 2013, 16:39

Abuja - State governors on Friday asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to sell over 78 000 excess laptops and webcams to them in order to re-distribute to various secondary schools.

The governors said the move was aimed at promoting computer literacy in the country's member states.

State governor for Edo, Adams Oshiomhole made the announcement at the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting with the federal government's deputy president - NamadiSambo.

Oshiomhole said an agreement was reached at with INEC to re-sell the laptops to concerned state governors at a discount of 25% for the old machines while 10% is discounted on the new ones.

Ahead of the 2011 general elections, the electoral body reportedly spent N18 billion for the ICT-Voter Registration System, which led to the purchase of these laptops and webcams as part of the Direct Data Capture
(DDC) machines.

INEC recently announced that it would not be conducting a fresh voter’s exercise ahead of the 2015 general elections, hence its decision to sell-off 78,000 units of the laptop components of the DDC machines.

The chief press secretary of INEC had earlier on announced that the laptops would be sold to the public.

- CAJ News


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