The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has said that the hiccups
experienced by the Voter Card Reader device in accrediting some eligible voters nationwide, including President Goodluck Jonathan, was an avoidable national embarrassment.
A statement issued in Abuja by Mr Olisa Metuh, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, said that the hiccups could have been avoided, if only INEC had listened to sound advice from well-meaning individuals, organisations and the PDP regarding the deployment of the machines without proper testing.
It further stated that INEC’s last minute resort to manual
accreditation, hours into the exercise against its earlier guidelines, was a proof of the failure of the Card Reader device, which had vindicated PDP on its earlier reservations.
“The unfortunate development is a vindication of our earlier position that as good as the idea of card readers is, it was too virgin to be successfully used in a general election without proper testing.
“This is especially in an environment as ours that is not entirely digitally proficient”, the statement said.
According to the party, it is worrisome for personalities like the three PDP governors, namely, Jonah Jang, Plateau, James Ngilari, Adamawa and Isa Yuguda, Bauchi, to experience similar hiccups.
PDP said it was deeply concerned about the development, especially against the backdrop of President Jonathan’s administration’s commitment to a hitch-free, fair and credible elections.
It, therefore, called for thorough explanation from INEC and also urged the commission to take all necessary steps within the law, to ensure that no Nigerian electorate is disenfranchised.
The statement also charged INEC to ensure that reported cases of under-aged persons in some states were investigated and culprits were prosecuted accordingly.
It urged Nigerians to remain calm in the overall interest of the nation, in spite of the challenges and development.