Activists ask INEC to fix card reader problems before April 11 elections

Civil society groups have called on INEC to ensure that the card reader machines do not malfunction as they did during the just concluded presidential and National Assembly elections.

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been asked to correct the problems associated with the use of card reader machines ahead of the governorship and states’ House of Assembly elections.

Some Civil Society activists made the charge while addressing journalists, calling for a post-election news conference in Abuja, having observed the advantages and challenges posed by the card reader machines during the presidential elections.

The group commended INEC for its transparency and President Goodluck Jonathan for his statesmanship after the presidential results were announced, but insisted that the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and the card reader machines need to be implemented more effectively to ensure credible state level elections on April 11.

The activists also urged INEC to probe reports of irregularities in some states to prevent a re-occurrence of the 2011 violence.

The Governorship and House of Assembly elections are scheduled to hold on April 11.

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