Election 2019: EiE Nigeria files FOI request seeking breakdown of card readers usage

Election 2019: EiE Nigeria files FOI request seeking breakdown of card readers usage

- The conduct of the 2019 general elections is set to be subjected to intense scrutiny by Enough is Enough (EiE) Nigeria

- The non-partisan advocacy group has filed a freedom of information request to the Independent National Electoral Commission

- The group is seeking a state by state breakdown of card readers’ usage in the 2019 presidential and national assembly elections

A non-partisan advocacy group, Enough is Enough (EiE) Nigeria, has filed a freedom of information request to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) seeking a breakdown of card readers’ usage state by state in the 2019 presidential and national assembly elections.

The group is seeking the numbers for full accreditation (card verification and biometrics) and partial accreditation (card verification).

The elections which have been widely acknowledged to have been flawed, were marred in some parts of the country by card reader malfunction, a situation that led to voters’ frustration.

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The request was signed by Mr. Seun Akinyemi, a research associate at EiE Nigeria.

Part of it read: “The card reader was also adopted as a means of accreditation during the 2019 elections with the slogan – ‘No PVC, No Voting.’

“The accreditation process for the 2019 presidential and the national assembly elections has been the subject of intense public debate.

“Therefore, it is critical to study the accreditation patterns across the country to ensure the integrity of our electoral process.”

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room (Situation Room) has called for an independent inquiry into the conduct of 2019 general elections.

The group made the call at a press conference addressed by its convener, Mr. Clement Nwankwo on Sunday, March 10.

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The group said the inquiry should address many issues that have bedeviled the conduct of the polls including procurement, logistics management, role of the military and abuse of process by INEC officials amongst others.

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