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INEC Reaffirms Readiness to Conduct Credible Polls, Unveils MyINEC App
Four days to the much anticipated 2015 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reaffirmed its readiness to conduct what would be adjudged the best elections in the history of Nigeria so far.
Chairman of the Commission, Professor Attahiru Jega, yesterday at a National Stakeholders’ Summit on the 2015 general elections held at the Sheraton Hotels and Towers Abuja, said “we have introduced new policies and measures, which we believe would enhance the quality, transparency and integrity of the conduct of the elections”.
Professor Jega stressed that: “We believe that effective utilization of the period of extension would enable INEC to have a flawless, near perfect, conduct of the elections.” He enlightened stakeholders on the issues the Commission prioritised and focused on during the six weeks period of extension.
Among such areas he mentioned include: tremensdous efforts put towards improving collection rate of Permanent Voters cards (PVCs) which has resulted to collection rate rising to up to 82 per cent, more public demonstration of Card Readers in each geo-political zone, and additional training for ad-hoc staff especially for those who will be operating the card readers.
Other areas are: intensification of voter education, sensitization and public enlightenment and arrangements for Election Day Logistics by Resident Electoral Commissioners in the states especially transportation in consultation with the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).
The INEC boss, who took stakeholders through processes and procedures for the elections, revealed that the Commission has completed plans to make available copies of result sheets from polling units on the website for every voter and stakeholder to view and download, further improving the credibility and transparency of the process of collation of results.
While assuring that INEC and its field officers were determined to be non-partisan in the conduct of the March 28th and April 11th elections, Professor Jega called on all stakeholders, especially voters, candidates and their supporters to: “contribute positively to ensuring that the elections are fraud-free, peaceful as well as free, fair and credible.”
One of the high points of the event was the unveiling of MyINEC App by the Chairman of the Commission, an innovation which allows Nigerians to directly interact with INEC and access the processes, activities and updates of the Commission on the go by simply downloading the App on their android and IOS phones.
Images of the MyINEC App
In his welcome address, National Commissioner, Dr. Ishmael Igbani, called for total support of the stakeholders for the success of the elections. He said “the process of the elections does not only depend on the well laid out plans by INEC, but also on the implementation of these plans, and, these plans cannot be successfully implemented without the understanding and cooperation of all stakeholders.”