By Ben Agande, Abuja
The Federal Executive Council has approved the procurement of seventeen thousand Smart Card Readers for the Independent National Electoral Commission to be used for the verification of voters card by prospective voters during election.
Minister of Information, Labaran Maku who addressed state House Correspondents after the meeting Wednesday said the contract for the smart Card reader was the first batch of contracts to be awarded by INEC.
The contract which is in the Sum of N459 Million is to be delivered within six months.
“In its desire to ensure free, fair and credible elections, the INEC is to procure, customise and configure 17,000 smart card readers that will be deployed during elections for voters authentication.
“The SCR will be used to verify the rightful owner of the voters card presented for identification during elections.
“In order to show the commitment of this our administration to free, fair, and credible elections in the country, Council approved the procurement of 17,000 smart card readers in favour of Zinox Technologies Ltd at the rate of N27,000 in the sum of N459 million with a completion period of six months