The Peoples Democratic Party in Edo State has called on the National Assembly to legalise the use of card readers in elections in the country.
Chris Nehikhare, the Publicity Secretary for the party in Edo State, made the call on Thursday in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Benin.
Nehikhare stated this against the backdrop of the party’s preparation for the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
The Independent National Electoral Commission has scheduled the governorship election in the state for September 19.
Nehikhare said to ensure a free, fair, transparent and credible election in the state, the Senate must amend the Electoral Act and send same to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent.
He added that if the other issues included in the electoral bill were causing obstruction, there was the need to remove them and just ask for legal backing for the card reader.
Nehikhare said: “This must be done in readiness for Edo 2020 as failure to make this amendment confers a toga of rigged and compromised election.
“The card reader is the most important device in our electoral process that can definitely define and eliminate over-voting.
“It eliminates the abuse of writing fake and self-written results.
“Is it so hard to understand that if votes declared exceed number of people accredited, that something must be fishy?
“If you accredit 152 people, only a maximum of 152 persons can vote.
“So it’s on the basis of this that the Edo PDP is calling for the legalisation of the card reader ahead of the Edo governorship election.
“In PDP, we prepare for elections by campaigning, mobilising and sensitising electorates to support and vote for our candidates.
“We believe that the number of votes cast cannot and must not exceed number of accredited voters.
We therefore implore the ruling party, All Progressives Congress, to join in this demand.”