No Smart Card Readers, No Results- INEC
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has assured that the smart card readers, SCRs, are mandatory in Saturday’s governorship and state houses of assembly elections.
INEC National Commissioner, and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, disclosed on Tuesday in Abuja.
He said that the clarification became necessary following allegations February hat INEC was selective in its use of smart card readers in its conduct of the February 23 elections.
Okoye said that those claims had led to speculations that INEC may be forced to jettison the use of Smart Card Readers in Saturday’s polls.
He said, “The use of the smart card readers is not only mandatory but its deliberate non use attracts the sanction of possible prosecution of erring officials in accordance with the INEC Regulations and Guidelines for the conduct of elections.
“This is in addition to the voiding of any result emanating from such units or areas, as was done in the presidential and national assembly elections of February 23, 2019.
“To clear any doubt or ambiguity, we wish to state that the deployment and mandatory use of SCRs in next Saturday’s elections will not only be uniformed but also universal, and the provisions of the regulations and guidelines will be strictly and vigorously enforced.
“All Stakeholders are to note and be guided accordingly please.”