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Nigeria Elections 2015 ‘Card readers will be used for April 11 polls,’ INEC says

Nigeria’s governorship and State House of Assembly elections are slated to hold on Saturday, April 11.

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A Permanent Voter's Card being tested on a card reader meant for use in Nigeria's upcoming general elections. play

A Permanent Voter's Card being tested on a card reader meant for use in Nigeria's upcoming general elections.

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The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC) has said that card readers will be used during the upcoming elections.

Nigeria’s governorship and State House of Assembly elections are slated to hold on Saturday, April 11.

INEC issued a statement ahead of the polls in order to clarify rumours as to whether the card readers would be used for accreditation of voters.

The statement reads:

“The Independent National Electoral Commission wishes to inform all Nigerians that Card Readers will be used for the April 11, 2015 Elections.”

“The provision of the Guidelines for the conduct of the 2015 General Elections which outlined what is to be done if a Card Reader fails and cannot be replaced by the Commission within a specified time frame (i.e. Reschedule the election to the next day) will be enforced.”

"The relaxation of the Guideline on 28th March 2015 was only with respect to the Presidential and National Assembly elections held on that date."

"The Commission has reviewed the operation of the Card Reader in the 28th March Elections, identified the challenges and has taken adequate measures to address them."

Some card readers malfunctioned during the March 28 elections but the hitches were attributed to the limited knowledge of the INEC staff rather than technical flaws in the machines.

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