Nassarawa-Eggon (Nasarawa State)- Mr Labaran Maku, the governorship candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Nasarawa state, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to discard the card reader before the governorship election.
“Card reader machine has turned out to be a factor frustrating millions of Nigerians who came out as early as 7 a.m. in all polling units across the country,” he said.
According to him, voters were denied accreditation after waiting from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on account that card readers have been programmed to stop accreditation at 1.30 p.m.
Maku said that it was when voters in the polling unit agitated and wanted to resist the process that INEC officials resorted to manual method of accreditation.
“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.
The former Minister of Information said that INEC should be courageous enough to consider the situation where President Goodluck 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 electoral 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)