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Kogi REC Insists on Use of Card Readers in Subsequent Election

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By Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja

Kogi State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Professor James Apam has restated the commitment of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to l continue to use card readers in the subsequence elections .

Professor Apam who disclosed this while speaking at the stakeholders meetings in Lokoja, stated that any polling units where  where  card readers  were not used, there will be no result.

He explained that the use of card readers has brought about s level of discipline in the electoral process, adding that it must be used,noting that in case of any trouble as result malfunctioning, the commission will provide another one immediately.

In the same vein ,the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the  state has absolved itself from the wide spread allegations electoral malpractices in some parts of the state.

Apam disclosed that the Commission played its part dutifully and legally as all sensitive and non sensitive materials as well as personnel were at various polling units.

He blamed politicians for engaging thugs that disrupted thé élection process, also alleged security men drafted to ensure peaceful conduct at thé affected polling units were either absent or compromised.

He pointed out Kogi state has a history of electoral violence well known to the security agencies in the state and therefore were expected to have been prepared to contain the thugs and their sponsors.

The Commissioner lamented that while armed thugs invaded and sacked polling units destroying electoral materials without resistance from the security ,but People turn round to blame INEC.

Hé also confirmed that some INEC officials were held hostage in some parts of the Eastern sénatorial district while élection was going on with thé election materials confiscated.

He appealed to politicians not to repeat such uncivilised acts so as to move Kogi state forward.

On the forthcoming élections, the Commissioner said materials have been received in thé state and would be distributed without delay so as ensure they arrive destinations at when due.

He warned that any unit that fails to use thé card reader will have its result cancelled.

In similar vein the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state has absolved itself from the wide spread allegations of  electoral malpractices in some parts of the state.

Apam disclosed that the Commission played its part dutifully and legally as all sensitive and non sensitive materials as well as personnel were at various polling units.

He blamed politicians for engaging thugs that disrupted the election process, also alleged security men drafted to ensure peaceful conduct at the affected polling units were either absent or compromised.

He pointed out  Kogi state has a  history of electoral violence well known to the security agencies in the state and therefore were expected tu have been prepared to contain thé thugs and their sponsors.

The Commissioner lamented that while armed thugs invaded and sacked polling units destroying electoral materials without resistance from the security, but People turn round to blame INEC.

Resident Electoral Commissioner also  confirmed that some INEC officials were held hostage in some parts of the Eastern senatorial district while election was going on with thé election materials confiscated.

He appealed to politicians not to repeat such uncivilised acts so as to move Kogi state forward.

On the forthcoming elections, the Commissioner said materials have been  distributed without delay so as ensure they arrive destinations at when due.

He warned that any unit that fails to use the card reader will have its result cancelled.

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