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Rivers state endless bloody polls

The legendary Chinese leader and founder of modern China, Mao Tse-tung in a moment of political illumination postulated that war is politics with blood while politics is war without blood. But the people of Rivers state or better put, the political gladiators have proved the lie of that assertion.

Published in Politics
Sunday, 29 March 2015 00:00

INEC says Card Reader test successful

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has expressed satisfaction with its field-testing of card readers, planned for use in validation of voters in the March 28 and April 11 general elections.

The electoral body said in a statement that the exercise, held in 12 states from the six geo-political zones of the country, was successful and will prove useful during the elections. It however acknowledged challenges in confirming fingerprints.

The statement came amid controversies between the ruling Peoples' Democratic Party, PDP, which opposes the use of card readers during the polls, and the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, which backs the policy.

INEC says the cards will help combat electoral fraud.

The electoral body said it achieved 100 per cent success in its objective of verifying the authenticity of the Permanent Voter Cards presented by voters.
On the biometric authentication of voters, INEC conceded that only 59 per cent of voters who turned out for the demonstration had their fingerprints successfully authenticated.

However, the Commission allayed fears of disenfranchisement of voters, saying provision for manual validation had long been put in place for such cases.

“The Commission, in agreement with registered political parties, had provided in the approved Guidelines for the conduct of the 2015 elections that where biometric authentication of a legitimate holder of a genuine PVC becomes challenging, there could be physical authentication of the person and completion of an Incident Form, to allow the person to vote,” the statement by spokesperson, Kayode Idowu, said.

The card readers' test showed the devices could help generate data essential for research and planning purposes, INEC said.

“The Smart Card Readers provide disaggregated data of accredited voters in male/female and elderly/youth categories – a disaggregation that is vital for research and planning purposes, but which INEC until now had been unable to achieve. The demonstration on Saturday fully served this objective,” it stated.

The electoral body said the card readers were able to send data of all accredited voters from polling units to the Commission's central server, thereby checking attempts at fraudulent alterations.

Published in Update
Sunday, 29 March 2015 00:00

INEC says PVC collection rate hits 80%

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has recorded 80.61 per cent collection rate of Permanent Voter Cards.

As of Monday, March 9, at least 55,490,031 voters had received their PVCs, Kayode Idowu, Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega, stated on Tuesday, March 10, 2015.

INEC registered a total of 68,833,476 voters for the 2015 general elections.

On February 27, Mr. Kayode, in a statement, said 67,205,600 cards had been delivered to the states.

Mr. Kayode did not, however, say whether or not INEC has delivered more cards to the states for collection.

The field-testing of the card readers and the PVCs, INEC said, were 100 per cent successful.

Although the exercise revealed challenges in biometric authentication, the electoral body said voters whose cards were verified but did not get their fingerprints verified will be issued an Incident Form to fill and be allowed to vote.

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