The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has stated that people with voter’s card not recognized by the Smart Card Readers will not be allowed to vote in the November 16 elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States.
This was disclosed by Prof. James Apam, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), during a one-day Training on Election Duties organized by the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, in Lokoja.
Apam who was represented by Mr Olugbenga Ajayi said:
“We keep learning everyday, and we want to obey what we have said as electoral umpire; if card reader cannot identify you, you cannot vote.
“It is either card reader or no voting in Kogi and Bayelsa elections; anything apart from the use of card reader for accreditation and voting will be disqualified.
“No manual accreditation would be allowed; it is either card reader or no voting,” he added.
He went on to caution security personnel against seeking favours from politicians.
“We urged the security personnel to live by the oath they swore to and not chasing after politicians for money,” he said.