politics

Calabar – The Independent National
Electoral Commission (INEC) in Cross River
on Friday said it had provided over five
additional card reader back-ups to each
local government area in the state.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC)
in the state, Dr Okey Ezeani, made this
known in an interview in Calabar.
Ezeani said the measure was necessary in
order to avoid a repeat of what happened
in the March 28 Presidential and National
Assembly elections.
He added that “as I talk to you, over five
additional card readers have been sent to
each of the 18 local government areas of
Cross River as back-up to the ones to be
used in the various polling units.
“The idea is to ensure that INEC officials do
not run back to Calabar when problems
occur.’’
The commissioner, however, noted that he
was optimistic that the card readers would
not disappoint, adding that INEC had
reprogrammed the cards to erase any
mistakes experienced in the past.
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confident of credible poll
He also disclosed that the commission had
distributed all sensitive materials to the
various local government areas in
readiness for the April 11 polls
He reaffirmed that “all eligible voters can
only vote with their Permanent Voter Cards
(PVCs)’’ and urged the public to disregard
rumours that people with temporary cards
could vote.
“We are quite ready for tomorrow’s (April
11) elections and let me say it here that
only PVCs will be used for the elections and
not the temporary cards