The Chairman of Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday stressed that the card readers, which scan fingerprints and record personal data against the electoral roll, will work and reduce the possibility of the persistent problem of fraud.
He added that cloned cards would not work as INEC had “cleaned” the electoral register since the last vote in 2011, removing over four million multiple registrations.
Jega who spoke during a town hall meeting in Abuja, said that 67.8 million cards had been produced and distributed to individual states, including to the internally displaced, who would be able to vote near camps in the north.
He however added: “The level of collection… nationwide is about 56 million out of these 68.8 million (81 percent). So, there are millions of cards out there that… people have not gone out and collected.”
The INEC boss reterated his commissions readiness to organise a free, fair and credible polls adding that the six weeks delay had given INEC more time to prepare.