The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expressed confidence in the performance of the Smart Card Readers to be used in the forthcoming elections.
Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, said this on Sunday, in an interview with NAN in Abuja.
Okoye assured Nigerians that the card readers will work to maximum performance in the forthcoming elections.
He said the commission did not expect the card readers to malfunction as “the window of the smart card reader is wider and can read fingerprints better now.”
He added: “The batteries of the enhanced card readers can last longer now. The window of the smart card reader is wider and can read fingerprints better now.
“We have upgraded the smart card readers and the ones to be used for the election are smart card readers that can perform very well. So, we do not envisage the issue of malfunction. It will be reduced to the barest minimum.
“The issue of card readers unable to read peoples biometrics will be reduced to the barest minimum.”
The national commissioner said the commission had got more quantities of card readers so as to reduce the faulty readers and it has been “distributed to all the states”.
“What we did was to make up for shortfalls. Additional cards readers that we wanted have already arrived in the country and have been distributed to all the states. So, we don’t have challenges regarding the quality of smart card readers that would be used for these elections,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) has also ordered comprehensive security for INEC offices and facilities nationwide.
Consequently, Commissioners of Police in the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have been directed to put in place adequate security arrangements to protect INEC offices and materials during and after the elections.
According to Frank Mba, Zonal Force spokesman, the Assistant Inspector Generals (AIGs) have also been mandated to monitor compliance level of commands under their jurisdiction with this directive, and ensure that no breach of security of any kind occurs within and around INEC facilities under their watch.
The IG assured Nigerians of the readiness of the Police to deliver on its mandate of providing a safe and enabling environment for the conduct of the general election.
Video + Photo: Man Fights PHCN Official With Machete Over Light Disconnection In Lagos.
A staff of Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC) was assaulted and beaten with a machete while trying to disconnect light in an area in Lagos.
In a video which has gone viral on Facebook, the man and the IKEDC official can be seen engaging in a serious fight before the resident rushed to his house to get a machete.
Despite being begged by residents to stop the fight, the young man descended on the official with the weapon.
This is coming after some family members were filmed fighting IKEDC officials over disconnection of their light at Ikeja, Lagos state, last month.
Watch the video below.
BREAKING: APC chairman murdered in Benue
Unknown gunmen have reportedly murdered Boniface Okloho, the All Progressives Congress chairman in Ohimini LGA of Benue State.
DAILY POST gathered that the late Okoloho was reportedly shot and killed yesterday by some yet-to-be-identified assailants, on his way home from a party function.
Confirming the sad development, the All Progressives Congress Governorship (APC) candidate in Benue State, Hon. Emmanuel Jime, strongly condemned the assassination of Okoloho.
Hon. Jime, who expressed deep sorrow over the gruesome murder of the late party chieftain, sued for peace and brotherliness in the politics of the state, calling on the government of Benue State and security agencies, to fish out the killers of Late Okoloho and bring them to book, to serve as deterrent to others who may want to further the politics of violence.
“I condemn in very strong terms, this unnecessary politics of violence and bloodshed, that has claimed the life of Mr. Okloho, our beloved brother and staunch member of our great party in Ohimini.
“Mr. Okoloho was one of the very committed leaders of our party in Zone C and we regret that he lost his life in such a horrible circumstance, in the service of his state and his party. May his gentle soul rest in peace,” Jime stated in a statement.
Source: Daily Post
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