Card reader: PDP tasks INEC on error-free electoral process

The PDP has reminded the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that Nigerians expect nothing short of error-free and transparent process for credible elections come March 28 and April 11.

This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Olisa Metuh, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, on Saturday in Abuja.
He said the admonition had become necessary because of the series of complains from Nigerians regarding reported lapses, experienced in the testing of card readers and the distribution of the Permanent Voter Cards (PVC).

Metuh said that the worrisome fall-out from the test carried out in some states of the federation, vindicated earlier widespread calls by stakeholders that the card readers should be thoroughly tested.
This, Metuh said, was critical to ascertain their workability for free, fair and credible elections before being deployed for the actual polls slated to commence on March 28.

He expressed worry over the reported lapses which included non-verification of voters' fingerprints, even after authenticating their PVCs and slow accreditation process, resulting from poor internet server operations in some locations.
Other lapses the PDP spokesman said included apparent inadequate knowledge of the card readers by both INEC officials and voters.

He said that the facts speak for themselves, following the emerging problems and challenges from the testing of the card reader which commenced in parts of the country on March 7.
``The PDP and indeed all well-meaning Nigerians await INEC's official response or its final decision after such defining challenges," the PDP spokesman said.

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