The resident Electoral Commissioner in Akwa ibom State, Mike Ingini has warned that the use of card readers in the ongoing gubernatorial and states house of assembly elections is compulsory.
Ingini who spoke to journalists and inec officials shortly after the commencement of voting in Uyo reiterated that any poling unit where the card reader is not used, INEC will enter zero vote.
“The use of card reader is compulsory.
If there is any where the card reader is not used, there will be no result there.
Any community and poling unit where they resist the use of card reader, INEC will enter zero vote” he said.
However, Mr. Ingini explained that in the unlikely event where biometric is not authenticated, INEC has created a column where biometric will be collected again and such voter will not be denied the ballot but his biometric will be collected in case there is need for forensic analysis after the election.
The state chairman of the inter party advisory council of Nigeria Akwa ibom state chapter, Pastor Ekomobong Akpan said the accreditation process have been smooth with card reader functioning very well.
He gave credence to the Resident Electoral Commissioner who according to him has worked hard to give meaning to the electoral process in the state.
According to him, there is a remarkable improvement in the conduct of this election because the process put in place by the REC has eliminated malpractices observed in the elections in the state.
Ingini also expressed satisfaction in the voter’s turnout and conduct and explained that the success recorded in this election is due to the reviews of the challenges of last election which has to do with retraining of staff and early distribution of voting materials.