The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Ondo State, Mr. Olusegun Agbaje, disclosed this at a stakeholders forum organised by the commission in the Central Senatorial District.
At the event, the Card Readers were successfully test-run in the presence of the stakeholders in attendance.
The REC said there is no going back in using three different colours coding of ballot boxes and papers for the March 28 elections.
Agbaje explained that the three colours have been selected carefully to differentiate the ballot boxes to be used for the presidential, senatorial and House of Representatives polls.
He added that the red colour is for the presidential ballot box, black for the Senate, while green colour is for the House of Representatives box.
He noted that wrongful placement of the ballox papers in any of the boxes would be voided adding that voters must be extra-ordinary careful while placing the ballot papers.
“After you might have been accredited to vote, ensure you placed the right ballot paper in the proper box. If you fail to do this, the ballot paper would be counted as void,” he added.
He also disclosed that the commission had distributed over 1.18 million Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), in Ondo State to registered voters in the state.
Agbaje noted that the figure represented 74.8 % of the 1.49 million received from the commission headquarters for the registered voters in the state.
“1, 118, 479 Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, have been distributed as at Friday last week which represented 74.8 per cent out of 1, 494,169? cards sent to the state.
“At least, about 375,690 PVC were yet to be collected at the commission’s office across the 18 local government areas of the state”, he said.
Agbaje reiterated that the smartcard reader machines, SRM, device would be deployed for the general elections adding that the device have been test run and would work efficiently to even detect any invalid card.
“The Smart Card Readers that would be deployed for the elections have been tested and I can assured you that there would not be any hancky-pancky during the polls. We shall be free and fair to all”.
The REC, maintained that there is no going back in the use of the PVCs, for the general elections, stressing that it would promote free, fair and credible elections.