Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Rigging No Longer Possible In Nigeria - INEC

The match during the elections by any political party or personnel of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is no longer possible in Nigeria, a senior official of the electoral umpire said yesterday.

He also rebuked those who allegedly said that the independence of INEC had been usurped by the presidency, saying that the argument could not be sustained because the electoral empire had organized dozens of elections in the last three years out of season with the opposition parties especially the PDP winning many of them.

The source who dismissed opposition protests over alleged plans by the ruling APC to manipulate the 2019 elections in collaboration with INEC said that communication technology had given the electorate the power to elect its leaders without undue interference.

He also confirmed that the card reader who secured credible elections since 2015 will be deployed in the nearly 30,000 polling stations throughout the country in the upcoming elections; a development that he said would protect the process of manipulation.

The official also said there was no plan to create additional voting units before 2019 despite the fact that many communities and settlements had exceeded the current number of voting units in the country.

"Voting units will not be created before the 2019 elections. If you create voting units, you must complete them, then you will create confusion and you will have to replace the voters.

"What the commission has decided to do is decongest the existing voting units by creating polling stations within the same place where the voters exceed 500 at a particular point.

"Under the direction of Prof. Attahiru Jega, the commission conducted an audit of all the voting units, before that, some voting units were located in different sanctuaries and places, but with the audit, we now have 119,973 polling stations in all the country and there are no more dark voting units, "said the official.

The official added that this was the moment for politicians and political parties to organize their actions; Join the election officials and improve the already enhanced credibility of INEC as a shining example in Africa.

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