It said this is to avoid a repeat of occurrences in the Presidential and National Assembly elections.National publicity secretary of CNPP, Osita Okechukwu who made the remarks yesterday in a statement however commended INEC for insisting on the usage of the Card Reader for the April 11 elections.“In other words, INEC has withdrawn the Guideline which it issued on 28th March, 2015 in respect of the Presidential and National Assembly elections held on that date; which gave room for padding of votes in certain states that nearly marred the peaceful elections. It is our considered view that Card Reader is an antidote to ballot box stuffing, ballot box snatching and padding of votes; hence ultimate reduction of electoral malpractices and all manner of irregularities.“On this count we call on our member political parties to instruct their candidates to place the collective interest of our dear nation above personal political survival by using and relying only on the Card Reader,” Okechukwu said.He therefore urged INEC to take bold steps by cancelling any election conducted without the use of the Card Reader, without fear or favour, to forestall possible break down of law and order.
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