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APC seeks more time for accreditation and voting, hail Nigerians


Lai Mohammed, National Publicity Secretary

Lai Mohammed, National Publicity Secretary

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked INEC to extend the time
for accreditation and voting to make up for the delay being
experienced across the country by the use of card readers.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Saturday by its National Publicity
Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said extending the time for
accreditation and voting will ensure that Nigerians who have queued up
patiently at their polling units as early as 8 am will not be

It also urged INEC to recognize the letters from the various political
party agents, since INEC was not able to fulfil its promise to
accredit party agents, which used to be done by the parties

APC commended Nigerians for their patience in getting accredited,
saying by waiting patiently to get accredited, they have shown an
unprecedented commitment to the growth of democracy in the country.

The party said from the reports it has received from its field agents,
it is clear that that the card reader, as a tool to enhance the
credibility of elections in the country, has so far proved effective,
despite the delays.

”The card reader is a novel tool in our elections and naturally there
will be some initial hiccups. We understand that the delays were due
to the failure to remove the protective films on the lenses of many
card readers, the poor network of some of the sim cards in the card
readers and the effect of jamming devices on the card readers.

APC warned against the resort to manual accreditation in some parts of
the country, where the card readers are being bypassed, saying it is
against the electoral guidelines.

”People must continue to be patient until the card reader works,” the
party said.

Alhaji Lai Mohammed
National Publicity Secretary

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