Dr. Briyai Frankland, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Cross River State, has assured Nigerians that the smart card readers will not fail during the 2019 elections.

He stated this during a media briefing in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, on Wednesday.

According to Frankland, he restated the commission's commitment to ensuring credible polls.

His words: "Our smart card readers have been enhanced and upgraded. We have tested them at Osun, Ekiti as well as Anambra Central Senatorial District.

“In Anambra State, the failure rate was about 0.0%, in Osun State, I did not hear of any smart card failure. In our bye-election in Obudu, there was no smart card failure. The reason is that at each polling unit, we have technicians that fix these smart card readers in case of any challenge.

“Results will be transmitted from the polling units electronically and the result box will also be carried physically by the collation officers. When the collation officer comes with the physical result, it will be confirmed with the electronic results in the presence of the party agents and INEC staff.

“It is only when the physical result and the electronic results correspond that it will be approved by the party agents and the results will be accepted."

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