Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Plateau State has said it is currently in possession of 621 standby card readers to replace any faulty one.
State INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Godwin Kwanga stated this at a sensitisation programme for stakeholders on collective vigilance ahead of the 2015 general elections.
According to him, “If a card reader fails, we will be in a position to replace it; if we cannot during the period of accreditation, then elections in that polling unit will be suspended until the next day.”
He, however, said INEC was optimistic that no card reader would fail, adding that “the card readers have very well been tested and i think the issue of failure will not arise and if it is there at all, it will be very negligible.
“Card readers will be taken to the point of collation and the collation officer will interrogate the card reader if he thinks there is a problem.
“So, if you manipulate the results at the polling units or collation centres, you cannot manipulate the card reader. The person operating the card reader at the polling unit doesn’t even have the password,” he said.
The REC noted that even though distributions of the PVCs around the country had closed, cards would still be distributed to electorate in Plateau State until the close of work on Wednesday.
Speaking earlier, the chairman, Joint Security Committee and Special Task Force, STF, commander, Major General David Enetie and the state director of Department of Security Services, DSS, Kunle Ajanaku said the stakeholders were selected based on their jurisdictions and areas of coverage to serve as points of contacts in securing the elections.
The security chiefs said collective vigilance had kept enemies of the state at bay and stressed that the sensitisation programme was aimed at distributing contact numbers as well as tips on how to identify and report security threats.
The event, which was organised by the Joint Security Committee, had in attendance all service commanders in the state.

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