Akanmode Advises INEC on Card Readers

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Former Deputy Chief of Staff to Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Chief Olushola Akanmode, has advised the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) to ensure that the newly introduced card readers in the electoral process work better than as it worked during the presidential and National Assembly elections.

Chief Olusola Akanmode gave this advice during a chat with The Graphic in Aiyetoro-Gbede, Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State.

Based on the average success that the card readers recorded in the polling unit where he voted, he pointed out that a newly introduced technology should not be used when more than five million people are involved.

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain averred that rather than being first used in the general election, it should have been first tested during a bye-election.

Even as he noted that as of the time he was chatting with The Graphic during the accreditation exercise, only 60 voters were successfully accredited while another 60 were not successful, he said those who were not successfully accredited would not be disfranchised.

He recalled that the PDP kicked against the use of the new device before the election took off to no avail due to the expected failures and registered his displeasure at the problems that accompanied the use of the card readers.

He however commended the security personnel for the roles they played during the election especially the military who stood by without interfering in the election.

Source: The Graphic

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