Nigeria: 5 Things To Know About INEC’s Smart Card Reader

imageThe smart card readers that would be used in the general election had been configured for specific polling units, a strategy it had adopted to guard against attempts by individuals to rig the election.

The smart card readers would confirm the authentic owners of voter cards and the commission would ensure that voters were adequately enlightened on how to vote. The card readers would be deployed to each polling units to authenticate voter’s card before any voter is allowed to vote by verifying by thumbprint and picture on the card.

The smart card has certain features and benefits that will deter another person from using somebody else’s card.

  • When you insert your card, it will authenticate to be sure it is an INEC’s card and whether the owner of the card is the person bearing it.
  • The individual will put his thumb on the smart card reader and it will bring out the individual’s features.
  • The card reader is configured to be used in one particular polling unit. It cannot be used in two places.


Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about the Smart Card Readers (SCR’s) that INEC will be deploying that day:

1.  The card readers make use of sim cards and have built in memories.

2. They are deliberately programmed to work between time frames and would not work after that set time.

3. The card readers are pre-configured by INEC staff for polling units before polling officials arrive.

4. Accreditation lasts only 5 hours but card readers are designed to last for 12 hours if the battery is fully charged.

5. Smart card reader send data of people accredited to INEC’s central server ahead of counting of the ballot papers.

The card reader, which is newly introduced, will also assist INEC to authenticate the finger print on the voter card among other information to curb rigging and manipulation in the election.

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