No Card Reader, No Election in 2019 says INEC
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday said the 2019 election would only be conducted with the use of card reader, saying “no card reader, no election.”
A top official of the commission who spoke with THISDAY in Abuja, said the card reader would help the commission in three ways, including gelling to confirm that the Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) were issued by INEC; that the biometrics of the holder are correct, and that the identity of the holder is authenticated through the fingerprints.
The senior official stated that the commission was set to upgrade the status of the card readers such that whatever was experienced in the past is not replicated.
The official added that part of the challenges the commission had in 2015 was the violence unleashed on the card reader during the election, saying that in the Rivers State alone, the commission lost 1,321 card readers during that election.