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Use Card Reader machines to verify undeclared results in Plateau, IPAC urges INEC

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By Shittu Tanko

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The Inter Party Advisory Council, IPAC, on Thursday, advised the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to apply the use of card readers in determining the unresolved issues of some Senatorial and House of Representatives election in Plateau state.

Recall that INEC, had declared the election of the Southern Senatorial District of the state as inconclusive, while the results of Northern Senatorial District and that of the Bass/Jos North Federal Constituency has not declared up to the time of filling this report.

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However, the IPAC Secretary, Abubakar Dogara, while particularly referring to the case of Plateau Northern Senatorial District and that of Bassa/Jos North Federal Constituency, where there was a case of non-submission of forms EC 8 A, suggested that the INEC should consider relying on the data captured by the card reader machines to verify the results.

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In a statement in Jos, Mr Dogara said: “It is necessary for the electoral umpire to deploy the method of verifying the results in contention by referring back to the voters captured in the card reader.”

According to him, delaying actions on the issue is amounting to brewing high tension in the electorates.

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