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Rivers INEC insists on using card reader

From Tony John, Port Harcourt

THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared it will use the card reader in the forthcom­ing national and state assemblies rerun elections in Rivers State. INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr. Aniede Ikoiwak, stated this during stakeholders’ meet­ing in Port Harcourt.
Ikoiwak, who took over recently from Dame Gesila Khan, disclosed that incident forms would be used to com­pliment card readers in special situations based on the com­mission’s approval. The new REC noted with concern, that most of the reruns ordered by courts were in the South- South region, urging politicians to cooperate with the com­mission.
He further urged the various political parties to conduct themselves maturely, saying it was unfortunate that the re­runs ordered by the courts were more in the South-South states. He said INEC was going to work with the new mod­ified system for the rerun elections adding that accredita­tion will commence by 8:00am and end by 2:00pm
“We are going to use the card reader, the new modified system. The accreditation will commence by 8:00am and end 2:00pm. We have to be mature, in the whole of the South-West, no rerun election was ordered in the South- West. NEC came with incident form to complement card reader but some thought it was to circumvent card reader. This is wrong, card reader is for peculiar situations where fingers were not authenticated,” he said.