#NigeriaDecides: ‘Card readers will shut down by 10pm on election day’ – INEC

#NigeriaDecides: ‘Card readers will shut down by 10pm on election day’ – INEC

Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed that the card readers to be used during the election will shut down by 10 pm on the day of the polls.

Yakubu stated the readers were configured in a way that renders them unusable after 10 pm in a bid to forestall rigging.

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“They are configured to specific polling units and only open for use at 8 am on the election day; they will automatically shut down by 10 pm in order to forestall any illegal use before the appointed time for elections,” he said.

“Yesterday, I reported 95 per cent completion of the configuration. I am pleased to report that we have now achieved 100 per cent completion of the configuration. We are good to go on this call.”

The chairman further disclosed INEC has made considerable progress regarding logistics with the deployment of materials across all the states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) already completed.

He also added that 10 states had already begun the movement of the materials to local governments while other states would do so and conclude on Thursday.

The states he listed include Adamawa, Anambra, Benue, Ekiti, Jigawa, Katsina, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, and Taraba.

The presidential and national assembly elections have been rescheduled till February 23 while the governorship and state house of assembly elections would hold on March 9.


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