Abia LG Polls: APGA Insists Card Readers Use


The All Progressives
Grand Alliance (APGA) in AbiaState has called for the use of card readers in the December 17 local government elections in the state.
The Chairman of the party, Rev. Augustine Ehiemere, said that for the election to be seen to be credible, the Abia State Independent Electoral Commission (ABSIEC) must use the machine.
Ehiemere expressed concern that the commission did not factor the use of the card readers in its budget.
“They should have included the cost of hiring card readers from the Independent National Electoral Commission in the budget for the election for approval by the state sssembly.
“This was not done, thus showing that the commission was not ready to conduct a credible election,” he said.
He warned that the people could do anything to checkmate rigging.
“This is a grassroots election. If the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which is the party in power, does anything to hijack the election, the grassroots will do anything to protect their votes,” Ehiemere said.
He called for the timely review and display of the voters’ register so that the electorate would cross-check their names.
He said that a review would help to update the voters’ register and ensure that voters, who were under-age at the last general elections were captured.
“There were people, who were not up to 18 years during the last election but are 18 years this year.
“A review of the voters’ register will capture such people, otherwise they will be disenfranchised in choosing those that will lead them,” Ehiemere said.
He also said that the party was not comfortable with the plan by ABSIEC to announce the results of the chairmanship elections a day after the poll.