The Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, has clarified the party’s position on the use of card readers during the forthcoming general elections.
According to him, the PDP is not against the use of the electronic device, provided they are tested and trusted before the election date.
He also maintained that the party’s confidence for victory in the forthcoming elections does not depend on the use of the card readers, expressing that it depends on the party structures across the country which, according to him, the opposition lacks.
Meanwhile, the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation and some political Parties had rejected the use of card readers during the general elections, that had been shifted to March 28 and April 11.
In an interview with the media in Abuja on Wednesday, the Spokesman for the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, said that the ruling party would resist moves to go ahead with the use of card readers during the elections.
At a separate news conference, representatives of some political parties also expressed their opposition to the use of card readers for the elections as they said it had not been tested and as such could not be trusted.
According to the group, the use of card readers is a ploy to disenfranchise citizens in the coming elections.
The representatives of 15 political parties threatened to boycott the elections and take legal action if the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) insisted on the use of card readers during the elections.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) had also earlier opposed a suit challenging the decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the use of the electronic Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) in the general elections.
The suit was filed by the Society for Advancement and Protection of Public Rights (SAPPR) and it came up for mention at the Federal High Court in Abuja, on Monday.
The INEC, through the National Director in charge of Information and Voter Education, Dr Chris Iyimoga, noted that the commission would conduct a field testing of the card readers, which would be deployed for the accreditation of voters in the forthcoming general elections to reduce electoral frauds.
The Commission, which said it had satisfactorily tested the card readers before the re-scheduling of the elections, had set aside March 7, to rigorously test the card readers technology in two states of each geo-political zone, to ensure its mastery before the elections.