The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has insisted that it would make use of card readers in the Saturday, April 11, 2015 gubernatorial elections in the country.
Speaking via press release signed by the Secretary to INEC, Augusta Ogakwu, INEC stated that the commission had reviewed the issues noticed with the card readers in the Saturday, March 28, 2015 presidential election.
The press release read:
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) wishes to inform all Nigerians that Card Readers will be used for the April 11, 2015 Elections.
The provision of the Guidelines for the conduct of the 2015 General Elections which outlined what is to be done if a Card Reader fails and cannot be replaced by the Commission within a specified time frame (i.e. Reschedule the election to the next day) will be enforced.
The relaxation of the Guideline on 28th March 2015 was only with respect to the Presidential and National Assembly elections held on that date.
The Commission has reviewed the operation of the Card Reader in the 28th March Elections, identified the challenges and has taken adequate measures to address them.