Drop card readers before governorship polls, Maku tells INEC

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Nassarawa-Eggon (Nasarawa State)- Mr Labaran Maku, the governorship candidate All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Nasarawa state, has urged the National Commission (INEC) to discard the card reader before the governorship election.

Maku made the appeal while fielding questions from newsmen Saturday shortly after casting his ballot at Wakama Clinic Polling Unit Nassarawa-Eggon Local Area the state.

“My call INEC to drop the use the card reader machine is due to failure the machine already recorded in the ongoing presidential and National Assembly elections.

“Card reader machine has turned out to be a factor frustrating millions of Nigerians came out as early as 7 a.m. in all polling units across the country,” he said.

He said that in his polling unit at Wakama Clinic, voters arrived at about 7 a.m. for accreditation were stranded at 3 p.m., waiting for the exercise to commence.

According to him, voters were denied accreditation after waiting from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. account that card readers have been programmed to stop accreditation at 1.30 p.m.

Maku said that it when voters in the polling unit agitated and wanted to resist the process that INEC officials resorted to manual method of accreditation.

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“How would INEC programme the card reader machine to stop accreditation by 1.30 p.m. when the real election situation is not considered,” he queried.

He said that the guideline stipulates that even if it time to stop accreditation, all voters already in the queue most be accredited.

The former Minister of said that INEC should be courageous enough to consider the situation where President Jonathan had to spend up to 35 minutes before accreditation and drop the idea.

He said that while the INEC innovation could be described as good and a value addition to the process, it should not be used until 2019.

He suggested that INEC should first experiment the card readers in bye-elections that might come up after ongong general elections to ensure its effectiveness in real election situation. (NAN)