INEC speaks on card reader failure in 2019

INEC has assured that the card readers to be used for the 2019 elections will not fail as they did in 2015.

This was made known by INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Cross River State, Dr. Briyai Frankland.

He said, “Our smart card readers have been enhanced and upgraded. We have tested them at Osun, Ekiti as well as Anambra Central Senatorial District,” the REC said.

“In Anambra State, the failure rate was about 0.0%, in Osun State, I did not hear of any smart card failure. In our by-election in Obudu, there was no smart card failure. The reason is that at each polling unit, we have technicians that fix these smart card readers in case of any challenge,” he said.

“Results will be transmitted from the polling units electronically and the result box will also be carried physically by the collation officers. When the collation officer comes with the physical result, it will be confirmed with the electronic results in the presence of the party agents and INEC staff.

“It is only when the physical result and the electronic results correspond that it will be approved by the party agents and the results will be accepted,” he added.


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