The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to fine-tune the working of the card reader machines to enhance the credibility of the March/ April 2015 general elections.
The APC state Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, said in a statement that though the verdicts returned from the vast areas where the exercise took place indicated that the test-run exercise gave hope for credible polls, there were areas that needed to be mended to remove doubts from Nigerians about the credibility and reliability of the device.
According to him, these include reported lapses in the functioning of the machines and inability of the device to recognise the finger prints of some prospective voters owing to dirty finger.
He said INEC still had time for more awareness education to guide voters to keep their fingers clean to ensure that no Nigerian is disenfranchised, adding that so far, the exercise demonstrated evidence of INEC’s readiness to conduct fraud-free poll devoid of acrimonious disputes arising from flawed electoral exercises of the past.
“If the result achieved at the weekend is improved upon, we can safely say that the technology marks the end of over-voting and impersonation problems that dented the credibility of the nation’s electoral process leading to litigations that tasked contestants’ finances,” Olatubosun said.
Describing the time saved during the exercise as incredible, he said the use of card reader would eliminate spending long hours on the queue while also removing the fears of health issues that might arise from staying long hours in the scorching sun.
“It is incredible that accreditation for each voter is taking not up to one minute instead of about five minutes in the past exercises. Apart from eliminating multiple voting, it will encourage voters to vote for the candidate of their choice without any fear of results manipulation
“We in APC praise this innovation by INEC. From what we have seen in the exercise, INEC has demonstrated that it is ready to create a legacy of credible elections in our country. It is an innovation that Nigerians must encourage INEC to build upon to have transparent polls to meet international standard of credible poll,” Olatubosun said.
He added that it was clear that objections to the use of card readers were misplaced or out of sheer mischief, saying it was only those who do not want credible poll and who have perfected plans to rig elections that will raise issues against the use of card readers.