By Eseoghene Emuke
The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in charge of Delta State, Dr. Cyril Omorogbe, has said elections would be repeated where the Smart Card Readers fail to work during the Governorship and State House of Assembly Elections in the state on Saturday.
Omorogbe noted that where the card readers fail to perform, the election for such area or unit would be conducted the following day as part of efforts to ensure the exercise is free, fair and credible.
The Delta REC, who spoke during a stakeholders meeting with officials of the various political parties in the state at INEC office in Asaba, assured that the election would be credible and free.
He stated that scores would not be recorded where the Smart Card Readers are not used during the election, adding that the SCRs deployed to make elections freer in the country.
According to him, “Anyone who does not use the smart card reader is considered as voting zero. Where the card readers the exercise will be repeated the following day. All our officials have directed to comply with it.”
He warned that the electoral umpire will prosecuted any electoral offender caught during the Saturday’s elections, saying that he would be available on Election Day to redress complaints during the exercise.
While appealing for a peaceful election, Omorogbe urged Deltans and the electorate not to sell their votes to politicians, saying that such amount to them mortgaging their future.
Omorogbe, however, assured the people of the state that the forthcoming governorship and assembly election would be better than the recently held Presidential and National Assembly elections in the state.