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APC lauds test-run of card readers


THE All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has described as successful yesterday test-run of card readers by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ekiti State.

   It said the exercise was a huge success and evidence of INEC’s readiness to conduct fraud-free poll devoid of acrimonious disputes arising from flawed electoral exercises of the past. 

      APC Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, said in a statement that the exercise yesterday in Ado-Ekiti allayed the fear of the failure of the machine during accreditation, noting that the result achieved through the technology marked the end of over-voting and impersonation problems that dented the credibility of the nation’s electoral process leading to litigations that tasked contestants’ finances. 

     Describing the time saved during the exercise as incredible, he said card reader eliminates spending long hours on the queue while also removing the fears of health issues that may arise from staying long hours in scorching sun. 

     “It is incredible that accreditation for each voter is taking not up to one minute instead of about five minutes in the past exercises. Apart from eliminating multiple voting, it will encourage voters to‎ vote for the candidate of their choice without any fear of results manipulation 

   “We in APC praise this innovation by INEC. From what we have seen today during the test-run exercise, INEC has demonstrated that it is ready to create a legacy of credible elections in our country. It is an innovation that Nigerians must build upon to have transparent polls to make our votes count to meet international standard of credible poll,” Olatubosun said. 

      He added that the exercise also eliminated fears in some quarters that the device could break down during accreditation, noting that from what happened at the centres where the exercise took place, it was clear that objections to the use of card readers were misplaced or out of sheer mischief.

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