INEC Speaks on NASS Re-Ordering of 2019 Election Timetable…

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reacted to National Assembly’s re-ordering of 2019 elections time-table.

National Commissioner of the commission, South-East, Prof. Ibeanu Okechukwu, spoke while inaugurating Information Communication Technology/Continuous Voter Registration training centre in Enugu on Friday.

He stated that the electoral body was not involved in anyway.

“The process of law-making and amendment is very clear.

“INEC is not involved in law-making; it only implements the law”, NAN quoted him as saying.

Recall that Buhari on Tuesday turned down the amended Electoral Act bill in letters addressed to Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara.

On possibility of transmitting election results from polling units to collating centres electronically, Okechukwu said that INEC did not at anytime, promise to transmit results electronically.

He disclosed that the commission had been test-running how best to deliver electoral verdict, adding that the “idea was to get the most robust result transmission mechanism”.

The official further stated that there is no attempt by the commission to under-register the South-East.

“I cannot sit in a zone where there is an orchestrated attempt to under-register the zone.

“Enugu is one of the best performing states in the continuous voter registration in the country,” he said.

Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Enugu Mr Emeka Ononomadu, said that the commission had distributed 10,000 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to registered voters in the state, adding that 120,000 PVCs were still unclaimed in the state’s 17 local government areas.

“We have also upgraded some data capturing machines and distributed 11 new ones for improved CVR.”

He assured that INEC would continue to do its best to ensure that 2019 elections in Enugu State were exceptional.

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