Rivers INEC insists on use of Card Readers

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Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
New Rivers REC, Aniedi Ikoiwak
Rivers INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Aniedi Ikoiwak, has said that despite the various Supreme Court judgments that tend to downplay the use of Card Readers the Commission will still use them for March 19 rerun election in the state.
The state REC disclosed this while addressing party leaders and others at its office on Tuesday, February 16.
Ikoiwak stated “This election would be done with the full complement of the card reader. That is the position of the constitution. It is not at variance with the register (voter); it is supposed to complement the register. It was not supposed to be an instrument that should be discarded.”
He further explained that the Commission would train those who will use the card reader in the field.
“Let me say it here, I discovered that it is not the problem of the card reader. Fifty percent of the problem are caused by those in the field; by those who will not want the card reader to be used and influenced somebody to remove the battery.
Immediately you remove the battery, the card reader will revert itself to the day it was manufactured and you cannot use that card reader. So, most of the problems are created in the field by certain persons who believed that when they go there, they will want to distort the issue at hand. But we are going to use the card reader.”
Ikoiwak urged politicians for cooperation during the election.
“We need the cooperation of all the political parties. If we cooperate and allow the electorate to decide on who they want to elect, we will not have issues. But where we think we are the people to decide on who, I think that is where we are going to have issues.
“So I want to appeal …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper