Thursday, March 26, 2015

Nigeria: Card readers to expose fraudulent politicians in polls

The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, has assured Nigerians that his commission had made all the necessary preparations for transparent and credible elections on March 28 and April 11, 2015.

Prof Jega made the comments in Abuja yesterday during the inauguration of the Civil Society Organisations’ (CSOs’) Situation Room, where CSO representatives, under the Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room, would receive and analyse reports of the elections.

The INEC boss, who said the use of card readers would help to expose fraudulent politicians, also disclosed that his commission had evolved various electronic measures to limit fraud in the elections, but it would delay to apply them till 2019, apart from the card reader which would be used now.

According to him, those opposed to the deployment of the card reader in this year’s elections are those who fear that their fraudulent conduct will be detected.
He assured that the commission had done “everything possible to ensure that the 2015 general elections are successful, and, in particular, we have done everything possible to ensure that we have prepared operationally and logistically for the conduct of the elections.”

Jega further revealed all the non-sensitive materials had earlier been taken to all the local government offices, and that from today (yesterday), “the sensitive materials will be received from the vault of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and taken to our state offices, accompanied by agents of political parties. Then, later this evening, till tomorrow morning, these will be distributed various local governments.”

The coordinator of the Situation Room and executive director of the Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC), Clement Nwankwo, urged INEC to do all within its powers to ensure that it rectified all the lapses experienced in past elections.


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