- INEC says smart card readers will not fail as it did in the 2015 general elections
- The resident electoral commissioner in Cross River, Briyai Frankland, says the smart card readers have been enhanced and upgraded
- Frankland says election results will be transmitted from the polling units electronically and the result box will also be carried physically by the collation officers
As the 2019 general elections draw nearer, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has assured that smart card readers will not fail as they did at some polling units during the 2015 general elections.
Daily Trust reports that the assurance was given by INEC resident electoral commissioner in Cross River state, Dr Briyai Frankland.
Legit.ng notes that Frankland said: “Our smart card readers have been enhanced and upgraded. We have tested them at Osun, Ekiti as well as Anambra Central Senatorial District.
“In Anambra state, the failure rate was about 0.0%, in Osun State, I did not hear of any smart card failure. In our by election in Obudu, there was no smart card failure. The reason is that at each polling unit, we have technicians that fix these smart card readers in case of any challenge.
“Results will be transmitted from the polling units electronically and the result box will also be carried physically by the collation officers. When the collation officer comes with the physical result, it will be confirmed with the electronic results in the presence of the party agents and INEC staff.
“It is only when the physical result and the electronic results correspond that it will be approved by the party agents and the results will be accepted."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the minister of communication, Adebayo Shittu, said INEC had been transformed to an impartial umpire where it now conducts free, fair and credible elections.
The minister said that unlike what obtained in previous elections where the umpire just declared figures without recourse to voters accredited and votes cast, due process was now being followed.
According to him, INEC has transformed to an impartial umpire in the last four years. Shittu said: “If INEC can conduct elections that ousted a sitting President then the umpire is credible."
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