Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development, an NGO, has called for the continuous use of the Card Reader in Nigeria’s elections.
This is contained in statement signed by Mr. Abdullahi Omaki, Executive Director of the centre, on Tuesday in Abuja.
“It is a system that should be perfected to become a permanent feature in our elections because they largely served the purpose for which they were introduced,” he said.
Omaki said that in spite of the isolated cases of malfunctioning of the machines, it had performed above average.
He said that the machine would enhance the integrity and credibility of the country’s elections by reducing fraud associated with accreditation process.
“Savannah centre believes that the card readers largely performed above average hence, enhancing the integrity and credibility of the elections.
“It is a system that should be perfected to become a permanent feature in our elections because they largely served the purpose for which they were introduced,” he said.
He commended Nigerians for their patience before and during the elections.
“Against all odds, the voters waited patiently under the scorching sun without water or food all day and into the night to ensure that they voted and that their votes counted,” he said.
He said that President Goodluckk Jonathan showed leadership when he had to wait when the card readers could not authenticate him and his wife.
Omaki commended security agencies for maintaining peace across the country during the elections.
He urged INEC to speedily resolve complaints associated with the elections.
Omaki advised Nigerians to desist from acts capable of causing disharmony among the people.
“We must all rally together and promote the corporate greatness of our country rather than succumb to narrow and parochial interests.
“We must indeed take whatever measures necessary to make Nigerians and Nigeria the true winners of this election.
“The will of the people should be allowed to prevail to honour the voters’ patriotic commitment and sacrifices for the sustenance of democracy,” he said.NAN


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