SNP chairman urges use of optical mark reading machines for future elections
The national chairman, Sustainable National Party (SNP), Kayode Michael Arimoro, has called for the use of optical mark reading machines in place of the smart card readers adopted for the 2019 general elections.
Arimoro, who spoke in reaction to last Saturday’s election result released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), said card readers are overrated in terms of efficiency and transparency.
According to him, Nigeria should focus on a process that explores the concept of optical mark reading machines which will reject multiple entries of any thump print, in future elections.
“This will produce results in a short time and print it out for all agents at the polling units.”
“This will not only ensure that votes are not manipulated, it will also guarantee quick and timely collation of results,” Arimoro said.
“With the process of election that produced President Buhari as the winner, there is a need for a more transparent process that will make election results credible and generally accepted.
While commending the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, for remaining calm and choosing a civil path in expressing his grievances, he reminded President Mohammadu Buhari that Nigerians anxiously expect an improved economy.
“Let us all expect that things get better in the country as we know that the President now needs no further favours from all those who have been holding him ransom.
“I congratulate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for choosing the path of peace for the sake of the unity of our country.”
Arimoro also frowned at the electoral process that is capital intensive and money-induced.
While noting that over 4,000 Nigerians voted for SNP unconditionally and without any form of monetary inducement, he canvassed a system that allows emerging parties to participate favourably and competitively with the mainstream political parties.