Election: INEC insists on the use of card readers in Kaduna

Asma'u Halilu, Kaduna


Alhaji Kaugama Abdullahi, the INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner for Kaduna State says there would be no voting in the March 9 Governorship and State Assembly elections without the use Card Reader in the State.

Abdullahi stated while addressing a joint press conference with the heads of Security Agencies in Kaduna on the eve of the March 9 poll in the state.

“Once there is no card reader, there is no voting and if voting is enforced, it would not be recorded,” Abdullahi said.

He said once card reader failure is experienced during the elections, there will be backup and technical experts will be on available to rectify the gadget.

Abdullahi explained that the Commission had addressed most lapses experienced in the just concluded Presidential and National Assembly elections in the State.

He mentioned that voting materials had been dispatched and were already being distributed from the 225 voting areas (Wards) to various polling units in the 23 local government areas of the state.

“Late arrival of materials will be history in Kaduna State as 80 per cent of voting materials have already been moved to registration areas. I am assuring you that by 7:30 am tomorrow, materials will arrive and all polling units and voting will commence by 8:00 am according to INEC rule. Our ad-hoc staff are also ready and they are people of integrity”. 

Also fielding questions from journalists, the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Ahmad Abdurrahman said no local vigilante groups would be allowed to participate in the election exercise in the State.

The Commissioner gave the assurance that, the security personnel from sister Agencies had been deployed to take charge of the process.

He noted that measures were already taken to ensure a peaceful process, adding that, security agencies had synergized and would work together to protect election materials for distribution without molestation.

According to him, “after the last election, we sat for review of security deployment and we deployed more security officials to where we found challenges. Any security official found attempting to disrupt the election will be arrested and local vigilante groups have been warned to stay off during the elections”.

“We are going to engage Air surveillance using the Nigeria Police and the Air Force. All private vehicles on election duty must carry tags as means of identification,” he stressed.

The Police Boss said the PVC is the VISA for people to move to their  voting unit. Only those on essential duty will be allowed to move around.

Voice of Nigeria reports that 42 political parties are fielding 436 candidates for the March 9 Governorship and State Assembly poll in the state.

While 38 candidates including the incumbent, Governor Nasiru El-Rufai and Alhaji Isah Ashiru are running the governorship seat in the state, while 398 other contestants are vying for the 34 State House of Assembly seats in the state.