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Use of Card Readers During Elections, Recipe For Anarchy – Mimiko


Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, has said that the use of card readers during the forth-coming election without adequate measures being put in place may lead to anarchy.

He said when he visited the residence of Osun State Peoples Democratic Candidate, Iyiola Omisore‎ on Saturday.

According to him, the introduction of the card readers is not a challenge but the challenges surrounding its usage must be tackled.

He said, “Supposing this card readers malfunction, they said in such cases, they will have back-up. In my state, there are areas that are two or three hours away to the headquarters. We have many riverine communities that you will have to travel on speed boat for over two hours and another two hours to get to the headquarters.

“So, what happens of the card reader malfunction in those kind of areas, they(INEC) said, ‘it will conduct such election the following day.’ for me, this is a recipe for anarchy. If Prof Jega and all the APC leaders that are enthusiastic about this card readers can provide answers to the questions, why should we? The issue is there are more questions than answer. We cannot afford to pretend that there are no issues. We can’t afford to pretend that there are no anxiety.”

He warned that the percentage of the cards tested on Saturday was not enough to guarantee whether or not the cards would not malfunction during elections.

He added, “There is nothing wrong with us advancing in technology as regards our electoral process, but a week to February 12, this card readers have not been tested on any scale.

“As a matter of fact, the test that held on Saturday, I understand that they are going to use 170,000 cards or so; that’s 0.275 ‎per cent under five per cent. My background is science, as a medical doctor I don’t think that sample size is significant. Now, it is like we are grooving in the dark. This is a new technology as far as we are concern and there are still more questions than answers.”

Mimiko, however, predicted that Jonathan will sweep majority of South-West votes, arguing that he has fulfilled most of the region’s demand.

He said All Progressives Party in the region was only grounded in propaganda and cannot win elections.

He said, “For so long, the critical desire of the Yorubas has been a national conference. We have also been the advocate of true federalism and you must give it to President Jonathan for summoning courage to convoke the conference.‎

“There were 600 resolutions in that conference. All by consensus. ‎For us in Yoruba land, most of what we are clamouring for has been the content of this resolution. And President Jonathan has made it clear that within the first year of his second term, he will ensure that implement resolution of the confab.
I tell you that Jonathan is going to have more than 75 per cent of the Yoruba votes.‎

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