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Computerised Card Reader Machine Will Prevent Rigging – INEC

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INEC - Bella NaijaThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday said the introduction of the computerised card reader machine would enhance free, fair and credible conduct of the forthcoming general elections.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Benue, Istifanus Defwang, said this in Makurdi during a courtesy call on Governor Gabriel Suswam.

Defang said the machine was capable of detecting double voting, including voting by proxy.

He said with the extension of time for the collection of Permanent Voter Cards, more people would collect them.

He said INEC was ready to conduct credible polls with its current level of preparedness, especially with the latest technological devices in detecting some of the electoral malpractices.

“INEC has the capacity to conduct a free,fair and credible elections. The new card reader machine will go a long way in fishing out people who are ready to commit fraud during the exercise.”

He appealed to the state government to educate the populace to collect their cards.

The commissioner warned against collection of the cards by proxy and advised registered voters to go to their polling units to collect the cards.

Responding, Suswam assured INEC that the state government would provide a level playing ground for the polls.

He called on the commission to carry out more enlightenment on the new voting system for better understanding, especially in rural areas.

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1 Comment

  1. NagosBigBoi

    February 13, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    INEC is not doing any voter education in the urban areas talk less of in the rural areas. Are their staff even being educated on how it works? Technology is useless if the INEC staff do not know how to use it. In Ghana (2012) and Kenya (2013) many electoral staff had no clue how the machines worked and this led to delays.
    INEC, are there plans for charging these machines and the lap tops with the electronic voter rolls over the 6-12 hours they will be in use?
    Please let this not be a case of not learning from other countries experience o!

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