Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said that the use of card readers for the April 11 Governorship and House of Assembly elections is sacrosanct.
The commission disclosed that it had reviewed the operation of the card readers in the March 28 elections, identified the challenges and had taken measures to address them.
In a statement dated April 2, 2015 and signed by its Secretary, Mrs. Augusta C. Ogakwu, INEC insisted that the provision of the guidelines for the conduct of the 2015 general elections which outlined what is to be done if a card reader failed and cannot be replaced by the commission within a specified time frame (i.e. reschedule the election to the next day), would be enforced.
Ogakwu said: “The Independent National Electoral Commission wishes to inform all Nigerians that card readers will be used for the April 11, 2015 elections.
“The relaxation of the guideline on March 28, 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,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Edo State Resident Electoral Commission, REC, Mr. Mike Igini, has commenced investigation into alleged “irregularities” occasioned by the absence of result sheets in some parts of the state during the presidential and NASS elections.
At a press briefing shortly before holding meeting with electoral officers and other management staff of the commission yesterday, Igini stated that the meeting would review the March 28polls and strategies for this Saturday’s elections.
He expressed concern over the reported cases of hitches though he had sufficiently mobilised sensitive and none-sensitive materials and vowed that anyone found culpable would face the wrath of the law.
Igini said that, “I am compiling areas where result sheets were not accompanied with other materials.
“When I distributed sensitive and none-sensitive materials, I gave everything to all of you. To say that there was no result sheet is a clear manifest violation of our procedures; and there must be consequences,” he said.