The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has assured the citizens that the cardboard readers could be deployed in the course of the 2019 polls.Nationwide Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu represented by Nationwide Commissioner answerable for Data and Voters Schooling, Festus Okoye, acknowledged this in the course of the nationwide peace convention organised by Youngstars Improvement Initiative (YDI) in Abuja.
He mentioned that using card readers was according to the extant legal guidelines on the conduct of elections within the nation.The INEC boss, who acknowledged that the latest determination by President Muhammadu Buhari to withhold assent to the Electoral Modification Invoice wouldn’t have an effect on using card readers on the polls, enjoined the youths to take possession of the electoral course of.
He reiterated the dedication of INEC to place in place insurance policies and programmes geared toward guaranteeing that the elections are held in a free and truthful method.He mentioned however the safety challenges in some elements of the nation, INEC wouldn’t relent in its effort to make sure that eligible voters forged their ballots throughout the nation.
Yakubu mentioned the fee INEC had procured particular cubicles geared toward guaranteeing secrecy of casting of ballots on Election Day and requested the youths to embark on a vigorous marketing campaign towards vote-buying.
Inspector Common of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, mentioned a complete association had been put in place to make sure protection of the whole polling items throughout the nation.
Additionally, Chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Mr. Peter Ameh, who decried the spate of vote-buying within the polity, reminded the youths on the necessity to vote for credible candidates that may guarantee good governance within the polity.
In a associated vein, the INEC says it has made particular provisions for internally-displaced individuals (IDPs) exterior the nation to vote within the forthcoming normal elections.
It additionally mentioned that it had procured over 1000 automobiles for the conduct of the elections, which might be geared up with monitoring gadgets to keep away from diversion of election supplies.
INEC chairman, who spoke yesterday in Abuja at a stakeholders’ validation convention on the framework for IDPs voting put collectively by the Worldwide Basis for Electoral Help (IFES), gave the peace of mind that IDPs within the neighbouring nations of Niger and Chad who left their abode as a result of insurgency within the North-East wouldn’t be denied their voting rights. Nevertheless, a member of the Home of Representatives, Adamu Kamale, urged the fee to make sure correct safety within the North-East in order that the individuals wouldn’t be disenfranchised.