INEC we are fully read for the election


Independent national electoral commission, have come out to say they are ready for the election come 23rd February 2019.

INEC reveals these on Tuesday by saying that all the electoral material has been distributed to all state, and 95% of the card reader that will be use for the election has been configure.

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu said these on Tuesday when addressing newsmen in Abuja. According the INEC boss, he promise that all card reader will configure by the end of Wednesday, which is today.

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Professor Mahmood Yakubu statement read below;

You will recall in my last address to stakeholders on Saturday I mentioned that we intended to deployed card readers and we identified very clear time line for the delivery of the card readers.

"I want to report that as at last night, we have achieved 95 per cent configuration of the 180,000 card readers and this process is going to be completed early morning on Wednesday, one day ahead of schedule.

"We also told stakeholders that in response to appeal to the commission to extend the period of campaign by political parties, the commission yesterday also met with party leaders and extended the period for campaign to midnight of Thursday.

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"Because of the extension of state elections taking place on March 9, the commission hereby extends the campaign for that election to Thursday before the election date.

He also reveal that as at 4p.m. on Monday, all problems related to delivery of materials were discovered and properly addressed, further said that ballot papers, result sheets and non-sensitive materials were now in locations across the 36 states of the Federation including FCT.

He said that INEC state offices also begins the procedure of calling all stakeholders to the Central Banks to examine the materials recalled from last week as well as to witness the departure of materials to Local Government Areas (LGAs), which he also reveal that it will be completed today.

Mahmood added by saying that distribution of all materials to local governments and wards would take place on Wednesday and Thursday, adding that all the Registration Areas would be activated by Thursday.

The Chairman said that personnel and materials would also be all ready at the Registration areas by midday on Friday, while refresher training for ad hoc to take place on Friday.

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"Personnel and materials must arrive at polling units latest 7 a.m. on Saturday and the opening of poll will take place by 8 on Saturday,'' Mahmood promised.

He said that INEC was committed to free, fair and credible elections, saying the commission was working hard to ensure that the elections take place as scheduled.

He beg for continued understanding by Nigerians and called on political parties to be mindful of their speech in order not to overheat the polity, saying that votes of Nigerians would determine the outcome of the elections.

He reveals not less than 4600 extra card readers were taken to some state to replace the ones burnt at INEC office in Anambra would not in any way affect the number of card readers needed for other states.

He also explained that no third party was involved in the configuration of the card readers, saying the management and configuration was being done by the commission's ICT Department.

He also denied report that one of the national commissioners was invited by security agencies, saying as we speak the commissioner you referred to is in his office.

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Yakubu also promised that the number of collected and uncollected Permanent Voter Cards would be made available on the commission's website by Wednesday.

On the directive that ballot snatchers should be shot, Yakubu said the position of the commission was that the provision of the law should be followed.

Also asked if people in Borno State would take part in the elections, Yakubu said that the people in the Internally Displaced Camps would be allowed to participate.

"But if there are new security situation that arise which the commission had not taken into consideration that is a new thing that we did not planned for in 2019.

"But what we know is that election will take place in substantial part of Borno State. (NAN)

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