The Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) says it can full the deployment of delicate election supplies to the Nation’s 774 native authorities areas for the Saturday elections by Thursday.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, whereas addressing newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja, mentioned that the fee was making good progress on logistics for the rescheduled elections.
“I briefed you yesterday that having moved the delicate supplies to the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory, the ahead deployment to the 774 LGAs nationwide will start right now Wednesday Feb. 20 and be concluded tomorrow Thursday Feb. 21.
“Already, 10 states; Adamawa, Anambra, Benue, Ekiti, Jigawa, Katsina, Osun, Ogun, Oyo and Taraba States have commenced the motion of supplies to LGAs right now.
“Different States will accomplish that and conclude tomorrow. We’ll give a full rendition of motion to LGAs throughout all States of the Federation tomorrow.
“Now we have been making good progress on logistics. Equally, all different preparations for the motion of personnel from the LGAs to the Wards are on the right track. We’ll totally transient you tomorrow at 3pm,’’ he mentioned.
Yakubu additionally disclosed that the fee had achieved 100 per cent completion of the configuration of the Sensible Card Readers for the elections.
He mentioned, “The Card Readers have been launched within the 2015 normal elections to facilitate the accreditation of voters utilizing the PVCs. They’re configured to particular polling items and solely open to be used at 8am on Election Day.
“They mechanically shut down by 10 pm with a purpose to forestall any unlawful use earlier than the appointed time of elections. I’m happy to report that we have now now achieved 100 per cent completion of the configuration. We’re good to go on this rating.’’
He added that INEC state workplaces had totally complied with the directive to ask stakeholders to the Central Financial institution of Nigeria to look at the retrieved supplies deployed final week and to witness their distributions to LGAs.
Yakubu mentioned that the fee had made particular association on deployment and safety of election supplies and personnel within the riverine areas to make sure that elections additionally begin on time there.
“Now we have made elaborate association with boat house owners in addition to the safety forces that may accompany our supplies and personnel.’’
Yakubu, who mentioned that the fee was not beneath any stress, mentioned the truth that a few of the political events have been making counter accusations over INEC course of was regular, including that it exhibits there was one thing INEC was doing proper.
Clarifying on cost for its advert hoc employees, Presiding Officers and Assistant Presiding Officers, Yakubu mentioned that the sum of N17,500 comprised of N4,500 for coaching per head, N9,000 for honorarium and N4,000 for deployment can be paid for the primary election.
“For the second election as a result of coaching is just not concerned they are going to get 13,000 as a result of no coaching is concerned,’’ he mentioned.
He additionally promised that info on everlasting Voter Playing cards collected and uncollected can be accessible tomorrow.
Yakubu added that the fee was working to enhance the situation of the members of the Nationwide Youth Serving Corps that may be collaborating within the elections.
He mentioned that the fee was working with the Director-Basic of the NYSC to enhance on the welfare of the corps members.
Yakubu mentioned that the fee would obey the Supreme Court docket judgment that the All Progressives Congress (APC) not take part within the state election in Rivers.
The Chairman gave the reassurance that the fee was dedicated to finish the nationwide election on time however wouldn’t sacrifice credibility on the alter of pace.