2015 : NGO advocates continuous use of card reader

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ABUJA – The Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, and Development, an NGO, has called for the continuous use of the Card Reader in Nigeria’ elections.


This is contained in signed by Mr Abdullahi Omaki, Executive Director of the centre, on Tuesday in Abuja.


“It is a system should be perfected to become a permanent feature in our elections because they largely served the purpose for which they were introduced,”he said.


Omaki said that in spite of the isolated cases of malfunctioning of the machines, it had performed above average.


He said that the machine would enhance the integrity and credibility of the country’s elections by reducing fraud associated with accreditation process.


“Savannah centre  believes  that  the  card  readers largely performed  above average  hence, enhancing  the  integrity  and  credibility  of  the elections.


“ It  is  a  system  that  should  be  perfected  to  become  a  permanent feature in our elections because they largely served the purpose for which they were introduced,“he said.


He commended Nigerians for their patience before and during the elections.
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“Against all odds, the voters waited patiently the scorching sun without water or food all day and into the night to ensure that they voted and that their  votes counted,”he said.

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He said that  President  Goodluckk  Jonathan showed leadership when he had to wait when the card readers could not authenticate him and his wife.


Omaki commended security agencies for maintaining peace across the country during the elections.


He urged INEC to speedily resolve complaints associated with the elections.


Omaki advised Nigerians to desist from acts capable of causing disharmony among the people.


” We must all together and promote the corporate greatness of our country rather than succumb to narrow parochial interests.


“We must  indeed  take  whatever  measures necessary  to  make Nigerians  and  Nigeria  the  true  winners  of  this  election.


“The will of the people should be allowed to prevail to honour the voters  patriotic commitment and sacrifices for the sustenance of democracy,” he said.(NAN)