INEC Insists On Card Readers For April 11 Governorship Poll

THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday, announced that Card Readers would be used for Saturday’s governorship and Houses of Assembly elections across the country.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission wishes to inform all Nigerians that Card Readers will be used for the April 11, 2015 Elections”, Secretary to the Commission, Augusta Ogakwu, said in a statement yesterday morning.
Ms. Ogakwu added, “The provision of the Guidelines for the conduct of the 2015 General Elections which outlined what is to be done if a Card Reader fails and cannot be replaced by the Commission within a specified time frame (i.e. Reschedule the election to the next day) will be enforced.
“The relaxation of the Guideline on 28th March, 2015 was only with respect to the Presidential and National Assembly elections held on that date.
“The Commission has reviewed the operation of the Card Reader in the 28th March Elections, identified the challenges and has taken adequate measures to address them”.
The Card Readers had malfunctioned in some parts of the country during the March 28 Presidential and National Assembly elections, forcing INEC to suspend its use in some polling units across the country.
INEC later said after the elections that one of the reasons the card readers failed was because its officials failed to remove the protective film on the lens of the equipment.