- INEC has vowed to penalise its officers who failed to voted use card readers for accreditation of voter during the presidential and NASS election
- INEC commissioner, Festus Okoye, made this known when he briefing stakeholders on state of the Saturday, February 23's election
- Okoye said the commission is satisfied with the conduct of the election nationwide despite some reports of violence in some quarters
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has vowed to prosecute any staff of the commission that fails to use the smart card readers during the conduct of the election.
The national commissioner for information and voters' education for INEC, Festus Okoye, while speaking in Abuja, said the commission had made it clear in its regulation and guidelines that the use of the card readers is mandatory.
Legit.ng gathers that Okoye said all the challenges faced with the use of the smart card readers across Nigeria at the polls have been resolved.
Okoye said: "With regards with challenged associated with the smart card readers in some polling units, most of these challenges were resolved and resolved on time.''
"However, it needs to be noted that in the regulations and guidelines issued by the INEC, it was made very clear that the use of the smart card reader is mandatory, therefore no staff of the commission or any ad hoc staff of the commission is permitted in whatever guise to deliberately refuse to use the smart card reader for the conduct of the election.''
He said it is negligence of conduct for any staff or adhoc staff of the commission to deliberately decide not to use the smart card readers for the purposes of accreditation during the election.
Okoye added: "And any of them that refuses to use the smart card reader or deliberately violated the use of the smart card reader is subject to prosecution in accordance with the regulations and guidelines of the commission and the Electoral Act."
Further speaking on the general conduct of the election, Okoye said the commission is satisfied with the procedure for Saturday, February 23 presidential and National Assembly elections.
The INEC chief said: "As at this moment the INEC is generally satisfied with the process and procedure for the conduct of this present election notwithstanding the challenges relating to the commencement of polls in some polling units.
''When I briefed you earlier in the day, I did say that some polling units opened on time while some did not open on time.
''Between 8am and 10am in the morning the summary of the polling units that opened stood at 67.91% . The polling units that opened after 10am stood at 16.96%.
''So, at this moment we recorded a total of 92.76% of the polling units were opened.''
He also said that INEC received reports of the violence and ballot box snatching in some areas leading to the disruption of the process.
The national commissioner said that the leadership of INEC have asked the resident electoral commissioners in the affected areas and officials of the commission on ground to submit their first hand reports in relation to some of these incidents.
He said: "We are still receiving reports relating to incidents in some states of the federation but we have received reports on incidents in Akuku Toru and Bonny island of Rivers state.
"So long as the commission could not deploy in these areas, the implication is that polls did not open in these areas and the commission would hold consultations with relevant authorities and with the RECs in relation to these areas and will announce when polls will take plave in these areas especially in relation to the areas as regard to House of Representatives and Senatorial elections.''
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission, on Saturday, February 23, announced that it would be extending voting time in various polling units.
Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja, the national commissioner in charge of information and voter education committee, Barrister Festus Okoye, said the time of voting would be extended by hours lost before accreditation and voting.
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