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2019: Why Card Readers Can’t Be Used Illegally – INEC 

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The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu has disclosed that card readers were reconfigured to the new election date, hence, cannot be used illegally.

Yakubu, who disclosed this on Wednesday, at a press briefing on the progress made by the commission in Abuja said that the card readers will automatically shut down by 10pm on the day of election.

Yakubu also said that the commission had made progress on logistics, adding that the deployment of materials in all states across the country and the federal capital territory (FCT) had been completed.

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

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

Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, postponed the February 16 Presidential and National Assembly elections to February 23 and March 9th respectively because of logistics.

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