In reaction to rumours of the involvement of third parties in card readers configuration, INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, on Tuesday, addressing a press briefing in Abuja, the assertions were not true.
According to him “I want to assure the person who asked the question and assure the nation that no third parties are involved in the configuration of smart card readers of the Commission.
“The dispatching, white-listing, installation, upgrading of software, the configuration of smart card readers are done entirely by the officials of the Commission.
“So, there is no way any vendor outside can be involved in the configuration of our smart card readers.
“It is not true that anybody is involved in the configuration of the smart card readers in any way.
“This is entirely done by the Commission’s IT under the supervision at the state level of HODs ICT or some official from headquarters of the Commission so there is no way any vendor can partake in the configuration of smart card readers.”
Yakubu also added that the Commission as of Monday, had achieved 95 per cent configuration of the 180,000 smartcard readers and the process would be completed by Wednesday ahead of the Presidential and National assembly election which is expected to hold on Saturday, Feb. 23rd after initial postponement