Card Reader Will Eliminate Rigging- Jega

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reiterated its confidence in the card reader technology saying that the device will guide against any chances of rigging the forthcoming elections in Nigeria.

Speaking at a meeting with stakeholders on Monday, the Chairman of the commission, Professor Attahiru Jega, stated that the electoral umpire had put adequate strategy in place to ensure that the card readers are configured according to polling units, making it impossible for the cards to be cloned or faked.

“You can only vote where you registered.

“If we do not use the card readers, we will lose in many fundamental respects. We have done field and quality assurance tests on the card reader and we are confident of its capabilities.

“Many Nigerians who participated in the demonstration have expressed satisfaction in the use of the card readers.

“Nigerians should be confident that cloned cards cannot be used. The card readers will not read cloned cards,” he said.

He further gave key objectives of using the card readers and the impact the technology would have on the electoral process.

The card readers will be used to audit the electorate for future elections, eliminating the stress of accreditation and also help to provide statistical information on demographic immediately after the elections,” the INEC boss said.

“We are doing everything possible to make sure that everyone gets their Permanent Voter Cards.”

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