By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA- The Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee INEC stated it has achieved 98 % reconfiguration of its sensible card readers, expressing readiness for the rescheduled normal elections.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu disclosed this Tuesday in Abuja whereas briefing stakeholders on the extent of preparedness of the fee.
“Final Saturday, the Fee, after in depth evaluate of our preparedness for the 2019 normal elections, determined that it was essential to reschedule the elections by one week. As I defined to stakeholders, we had been constrained to shift the polls attributable to extreme challenges and lapses we skilled with arrival and distribution of delicate supplies, in addition to the fires that gutted a few of our places of work in fast succession, destroying a number of election supplies”, the INEC Chairman started.
So as to obtain its set targets, INEC had recognized six areas protecting three broad areas like deployment of supplies, motion of personnel and reconfiguration of Sensible Card Readers.
“Let me due to this fact current to you the extent of implementation thus far achieved as follows;
“By 4pm yesterday, all points regarding the supply of the supplies had been recognized and just about addressed. Poll papers, consequence sheets and a bunch of non-sensitive supplies are actually in location throughout the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory FCT.
“Our State places of work commenced the method of inviting stakeholders to the Central Financial institution of Nigeria to look at the retrieved supplies deployed final week and to witness the batching of supplies in accordance with Native Authorities Areas LGAs. That is ongoing in the meanwhile and is predicted to be accomplished right this moment Tuesday 190‘ February 2019.
“The motion of supplies to LGAs for batching in accordance with Wards and Polling Models shall happen on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st February 2019.
“All Registration Space Centres RACs are to be activated by 9.00m on Friday 22nd February 2019.
“Personnel and supplies must be on the RACs by mid-day on Friday 22nd February 2019.
“Refresher coaching for advert hoc personnel ought to happen on the RACs on Friday 22nd February 2019.
“Personnel and supplies should arrive on the Polling Models newest 7am on Saturday 23″ February 2019. Opening of polls nationwide will happen at 8am on Saturday 23rd February 2019”, he declared.
Explaining additional on the rationale for every week lengthy postponement of the polls, the INEC Chairman stated; “You’d recall that in my tackle to stakeholders, I discussed that we supposed to reschedule the elections for simply 24 hours to allow us to ship the ultimate batch of delicate supplies for the elections. Nonetheless, our ICT group notified us that it might require extra time to reconfigure the Sensible Card Readers in time for the elections. Let me clarify why. The Sensible Card Readers (SCRs) are configured to solely open to be used at 8am on election day, and to mechanically shut down by 10 pm. That is designed to forestall any unlawful use of the SCRs earlier than the appointed time of elections. There are roughly 180,000 SCRs to be deployed for the elections and the ICT group stated that they’d require 5-6 days to finish the configuration. I’m glad to say that as at right this moment, about 98% of the SCRs have been reconfigured and we’re assured that by tomorrow all can be prepared, which is a day sooner than scheduled.
” Following requests by some stakeholders final Saturday and additional session with political celebration leaders, the Fee has authorised that campaigns by political events and candidates can resume instantly for the primary set of elections. Consequently, campaigns for the Presidential and Nationwide Meeting elections shall now finish at midnight on Thursday 21st February 2019 whereas campaigns for the Governorship, State Meeting and FCT Space Council elections shall finish at midnight Thursday seventh March 2019. Accordingly, media organizations are at liberty to simply accept, publish, broadcast and flow into marketing campaign supplies till the required finish of campaigns.
“Preparations for Governorship, State Meeting and FCT Space Council elections are properly underway. Already, the delicate supplies for the elections have began arriving at numerous places for onward motion to numerous Central Financial institution branches throughout the nation. Certainly, a few of these supplies arriving by means of our airports have been erroneously construed by some individuals as supplies for the elections holding this weekend. I wish to reassure you all that every one supplies for the rescheduled Presidential and Nationwide Meeting elections subsequent Saturday are already within the States prepared for deployment to LGAs, Ward and Polling Models. Now we have learnt a lesson from the preparations for the elections holding this weekend. Because of this, we will begin the motion of supplies for the following elections early to make sure that nothing disrupts our course of.
“Whereas we totally perceive the frustration and even anger that adopted that rescheduling of the elections on 16th February, I want to attraction to stakeholders to be extra dispassionate and circumspect of their feedback so as to not overheat the polity. The Fee is specializing in the elections to be held on 23rd February and ninth March 2019 to make sure that they’re free, truthful and credible. We urge all Nigerians to take part totally within the elections, however the frustration brought on by the rescheduling of dates”, he added.
He stated the fee would proceed to talk to Nigerians day by day to allow them to know the extent of readiness of the fee.