Ondo 2020: INEC replaces 5,141 burnt card readers, declares readiness

Ondo 2020: INEC replaces 5,141 burnt card readers, declares readiness
Ahead of the Ondo State October 10 gubernatorial election, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, said it has replaced the 5,141 burnt smart card readers.

This was disclosed by the INEC, Chairman Prof Mammud Yakubu in Akure while speaking with newsmen during a three-day working visit to the State.

The 5,141 smart card readers meant for the governorship election were burnt in the inferno that occurred on September 10 at the ICT unit of the Ondo State headquarters of the INEC.

According to Prof. Yabuku, the visit was to have on-the-spot assessment of the level of preparedness of the commission ahead of the October 10 governorship polls.

While stressing that the governorship election in the State will be hitch-free as witnessed in Edo State last Saturday, Yakubu maintained that the commission had made provision for the card readers from other States and they have been configured ahead of the polls.

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“We have already recovered some smart card readers. We, unfortunately, lost over 5000 smart card readers to the fire incident.

“We have, however, recovered by getting requisite a number of smart card readers from neighbouring Oyo State,” he said.

Yakubu explained that he was in the State to meet with the Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Ambassador Rufus Akeju and Head of Departments ahead of the October 10, Governorship Election in Ondo State.

He also stated that during the visit, he would interact with all the stakeholders in the election, including traditional rulers in the State to ensure the success of the election.

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