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INEC rejects postponing 2015 polls

The chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) reacted to the proposal of postponing of elections by the National Security Adviser, NSA, Dasuki Sambo, repeating its promise to the conduct of general polls in February.

Dasuki Sambo had yesterday, January 22nd, called for adjournment of polls, according to him, to allow INEC share Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs), to registered voters who are yet to gather.

INEC chairman, Attahiru Jega, while speaking at the launch of Mitigation Of Violence In Elections (MOVE) project by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, IFES, said though he would not answer to media reports of Dasuki’s call, he could approve that INEC is determined to hold elections in February.

“We have assured that the issue of concern, namely distribution of PVCs, will be addressed before elections; and the cards will be made for all registered voters. As evidenced in our preparations, we are ready to hold elections in February,” he said.

Jega stated that over 40 million cards had already been made accessible and promised that the remaining ones will be distributed before the end of January.

Kayode Idowu, INEC Chief Press Secretary had earlier expressed the same assurance, although he said INEC had not been officially connected by Dasuki.

“We are yet to get official correspondence in respect of the reported call for postponement of elections by the NSA. So INEC can’t make decisions based on media report.

“But I can say that INEC is not looking back. We are planning and working to ensure elections hold successfully next month as planned,” he said

Dasuki’s statement has been denied by the opposition All Progressives Congress and some civil society groups.

INEC has decentralized the distribution of PVCs to ward level in order to improve access to collection of PVCs by Nigerians. The time for collection is now 8.30a.m. to 5.30p.m., Mondays to Saturdays.




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Posted by 9jagiant On January 23, 2015

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