INEC Deploys 1500 Card Readers’ for Lagos Bye-Election

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(Last Updated On: 2016-11-13)

Oluwatosin Lamidi

Ahead of December 3rd, bye-election in Ifako-Ijaiye Federal Constituency, Lagos State, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has deployed about 1,500 card readers for exercise in the state.

The electoral body’s Administrative Secretary, Clement Oha gave the number on Saturday in Lagos.

According to him, the bye-election was due to the death of Elijah Adewale, who was until his death on four months ago, represented the constituency at the House of Representatives.

He said, “We have prepared a good number of card readers for the election. We have assembled more than 1,500 card readers for accreditation of eligible voters. We are charging these card readers and taking adequate steps to ensure that none of them fails. If any fails, because they are machine, we will fix it, or replace immediately. We have made adequate preparations; card readers have helped us to reduce multiple voting.”

Oha assured the electorates that the electoral commission would provide a level playing ground for all political parties to enable a free and fair election.

He said, “My message is that all parties should observe the rules as contained in the electoral Act; let us eschew violence, crisis and any acts capable of marring the poll. Violence in electoral process can only lead to election not concluded within a period provided by law.

“If the environment is conducive and everyone conducts himself or herself in accordance with the law, we can assure residents that, on our part, we will not fail in our mandate,” Oha said.

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