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Taraba APC guber candidate insist on use of card readers

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THE governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Taraba State, Senator Alhassan Aisha Jumia, has stressed the need for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to use the card readers in the governorship election.

The governorship candidate stated this yesterday when she visited the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Ahmed Makama, with party chieftains to present their complaints about the conduct of the presidential and House of Assembly elections.

According to her, “to avoid rigging, INEC should insist that card readers are used from the beginning of next Saturday’s election to the end.”

She said, “we are not happy with the conduct of INEC officials in the southern part of the state and some parts of the central zone. I am also not pleased with the roles played by security operatives especially the military. They acted as returning officers for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The authorities concerned should endeavor to keep the military away from the polling units.”

Collaborating the governorship candidate, the state’s party chairman, Hassan Jika Ardo, who had earlier complained about alleged plans to use traditional rulers and INEC staff to rig the election in favour of the PDP, urged the Resident Electoral Commissioner to restrain his men from such plans.

Responding, the INEC boss stated his readiness to provide a level playing ground for all the contestants in Saturday’s poll.

On the card readers, he said relevant measures have been put in place by the Commission at the national headquarters to ensure that they are used throughout the exercise.


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