The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been sued by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the use of card readers for the general election.
The party asked the court to restrict INEC from postponing elections in any polling unit as a result of a malfunctioning card reader, The Cable reports.
In areas where smart card reader malfunctions, INEC has revealed that voting will be suspended till a new card reader arrives, or postponed till the next day if a replacement is not available by 2pm.
The news outlet reports that PDP argued that INEC’s insistence that a voter’s identity must be confirmed by the card reader is not consistent with provisions of the electoral act.
The paragraph states: “10. (a) In accordance with Section 49 (2) of the Electoral Act, a person intending to vote shall be verified to be the same person on the Register of Voters by use of the Smart Card Reader (SCR) in the manner prescribed in these Regulations and Guidelines.
“(b) Any poll official who violates the provision of Clause 10 (a) shall be deemed to be guilty of an offence and shall be liable to prosecution.”
According to PDP, INEC submission does not align with section 49 of the electoral act. The section states: “(1) A person intending to vote with his voter’s card, shall present Issue of ballot papers himself to a Presiding Officer at the polling unit in the constituency in which his name is registered with his voter’s card.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that President Muhammadu Buhari, during the signing of the second national peace accord at International Conference Centre in Abuja on Wednesday, February 13, admonished Nigerians to avoid being used to trigger violence.
The president was speaking with respect to the coming elections; in his statement, President Buhari added that the tension and anxiety that are associated with the time are normal especially among political parties in the country.
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