Ahead of the Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections, the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has insisted that only those verified and authenticated by card readers must be allowed to vote in the polls as stipulated in the electoral act.
The Kwara State CNPP Chairman, Adebayo Lawal, said this on Tuesday in Ilorin while briefing journalists on the outcome of the assessment of the Presidential and National Assembly elections where it perceived irregularities in the conduct of the polls.
Lawal, therefore, noted that if the card readers at a polling unit are not working, INEC officials at such polling unit should request for functioning card readers in replacement and if there is no provision for that, elections in such polling unit must be suspended.
He further stated that only voters accredited through card readers must be allowed to cast their votes.
The CNPP Chairman corroborated the stand of an INEC federal commissioner who said on national television programme that the usage of card readers is sacrosanct and that no manual voting would be allowed during the Governorship and State houses of assembly elections, urging the electoral umpire staff to conform to the guideline.
Lawal, however, condemned in strong terms the use of federal power through security agencies by the All Progressives Congress led Federal Government to intimidate and silence members of the opposition parties in the State.
He, therefore, warned against the repeat of such senile and detention of members and supporters of the opposition parties in the interest of the peace pact signed by all political parties participating in the election.
The CNPP Chairman cautioned against the militarization of the Saturday’s polls as it was done during the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
He stressed that there is need for the security operatives to demonstrate professionalism for the entire world to see by being civil, impartial and non partisan.
Lawal asked INEC to remain impartial and provide a level playing field for all political parties, while the field staff of the electoral body must not become willing tools in the hands of some undemocratic agents and unscrupulous politicians to scuttle the electoral process and subvert the will of the people.