Kogi State Independent Electoral Commission (KOSIEC) has said the commission  will not make use of card reader in the December 12 Local government Areas  elections in the state

The Chairman of KOSIEC, Hon Mamman Nda Eri, disclosed this at the stakeholders’ meeting which was held on Monday at Reverton Hotel, Lokoja.

Eri stated that the use of a card reader is not in the Kogi state electoral law and guidelines, as such they cannot use it for the council election.

“Card Readers would not be used for the Polls, as such, the provision was not included in its guidelines; but voters card and voters register provided for by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) would be largely relied on,” he stressed.

He added that KOSIEC would not hesitate to countermand the polls where security is breached.

“Notice is hereby given to all citizens of Kogi State that 2020 Local Government Elections will take place as scheduled on the December 12, 2020”, he told the stakeholders on Monday.

Eri assured the electorate and all interest groups that voting would take place at all designated polling stations, stressing that loitering around the polling units would not be tolerated; even as he added that security agencies were requested to maintain adequate security throughout the period.

The KOSIEC noted that the commission is on track with its preparation to ensure free and fair elections, saying that it has religiously followed its programs as scheduled.

While he said that some of the needed materials for the election were already on the ground, he noted that accreditation and voting would be conducted simultaneously.

“Voting commences 8:00 am and would close by 3:00 pm on the said date in order to enable collation of votes according to the provisions of its establishment”, he said.

Eri noted that all movements on that day would be restricted except for those on essential and Election duties as businesses/markets/shops would remain closed within the stipulated Election period.

Among others, stakeholders that attended the meeting include,  Traditional Rulers, Political party, CSOs, Media, Security Agencies, Religious bodies, and others.

In his remarks,  the Civil Society Organisation representative, Mr. Miliki Idris, said that they are closely monitoring the election to ensure that the outcome would be the full expression of the people of the state, urging SIEC to undertake the task according to the rules for a free, credible and fair election.