Elections Update| INEC better prepared for general elections; acknowledges UNDP’s support.Mar 8, 2015
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has stated that the Commission is now in a better position to conduct the 2015 general elections, which were earlier postponed for six weeks on security grounds. Briefing the media earlier in the week at the Commission’s Media Centre in Abuja, Dr. Chris Iyimoga, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of Voter Education and Publicity Committee, said although the Commission was as at the time of rescheduling the elections was ready to conduct the polls, it has taken advantage of the six weeks extension to further perfect its processes.
Dr. Iyimoga said the commission has already distributed over 55 million Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) out of a total of 68.8 million registered voters; -representing more than 80 percent. In addition, he said that INEC had already distributed enough Smart Card Readers (SCRs) for both polling units (PUs) and voting points to the States. More rigorous field testing of the functionality of SCRs to be deployed for accreditation of voters on Election Day are planned.
INEC has selected 12 states nationwide made up of two states from each of the six geopolitical zones. The field testing will take place simultaneously on 7th March in Ekiti and Lagos state in the South West; Delta and Rivers in the South South; Kano and Kebbi in the North West; Bauchi and Taraba in the North East; and Niger and Nasarawa in the North Central. He further assured the public, through the media that all ballot papers for the elections had been received and were securely stored.
Dr. Iyimoga expressed his appreciation for the support being rendered to INCE through UNDP’s Democratic Governance for Development (DGD II) Project. The support, in addition to helping build capacity of the Commission, continues to support various civic activities including voter education.Mr.