The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega while unveiling the Nigeria civil society situation room on Election Day said that the commission has commenced the distribution of sensitive materials across the country. The civil society situation room is made up of 60 civil societies.
He said ‘we expect that from Thursday evening until around Friday afternoon, all the materials taken to the local governments will also be distributed to the ward levels. At each ward level , we have established what we call registration area centre and we have equipped it reasonably to ensure that both our staff and security agencies spend the few hours of the night there in readiness to deploy very early in the morning to the various polling units in each of those wards.
He said INEC will adopt the 2011 method in announcing the results. He assured the civil societies that the 2015 general elections would continue to engage the civil society organisations to build on mutually beneficial relationship in future elections.
He added that from 2019 general elections, the INEC would move for the electronic transmission of results. The spokesman of the situation room, Clement Nwankwo said that beyond the partisan division and outcomes of the electoral contests, the future of Nigeria was the main issue at stake.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
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