Credibility of council polls intact even without card readers – NSIEC
“We have right now resorted to our plan B option of setting up a control centre at the headquarters here in Minna, which is being used to collate data from our field officers
The Niger State Independent Electoral Commission has said that the non-use of the card reader machines would not affect the credibility of the council polls in the state.
Malam Mohammed Ali, NSIEC spokesman, gave the assurance on Saturday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna.
Ali said measures had been put in place to monitor the election process, as well as the final results from the councils.
He said: “We did not get the card reader machines as pledged by INEC for the conduct of the election.
“But our server was ready for it and already in place.
“We have right now resorted to our plan B option of setting up a control centre at the headquarters here in Minna, which is being used to collate data from our field officers.
“Coded telephones had been given to supervisors and polling unit officers, with which text messages are to be sent to the coordinating officers that will feed them into a processing platform at the headquarters.
“As the results are announced in the polling units, they are sent to us and similarly the officials in charge of each local government areas will also send data for computation and final processing.”
Ali said the commission had conducted series of workshops for staff to acquaint them with the rudiment of the new system.
He said the commission would not allow anybody to tamper with the outcome of the result.
He said the final result of the election would be compiled from all the area councils and announced on Sunday.