Nigerian Elections: We have completed configuration of smart card readers – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has completed the configuration of smart card readers.

The chairman of the commission, Mahmood Yakubu, said this at the commission’s third press briefing after the postponement of the elections.

On Tuesday at its second briefing, the commission said the configuring of the Smart Card Readers was 95 per cent done nationwide.

“I am pleased to report that we have now achieved 100 per cent completion of the configuration. We are good to go on this score,” Mr Yakubu, a professor, said on Wednesday.

The Card Readers were introduced in the 2015 general elections to facilitate the accreditation of voters using the Permanent Voters Card (PVC).

They are configured to specific polling units and only open for use at 8 a.m on Election Day.

According to the chairman, they are automatically shut down by 10 p.m in order to forestall any illegal use before the appointed time of elections.

According to INEC’s timetable, to resolve logistics issues before the new date of the election, deployment of materials to LGAs will be between Wednesday, February 20 and Thursday, February 21.




– Premium Times


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