Teacher Yakubu Mahmood, executive of the Free National Appointive Commission (INEC), has clarified why the commission delayed the Presidential and National Gathering races ealier planned for Saturday, February 16.
Talking at a gathering with partners in Abuja, Mahmood denied the choice was politically impacted and expressed that the commission assumes full liability for the peculiarity.
“The choice has nothing to do with security, political impact or insufficient assets,” he said.
The gathering pursued INEC’s declaration in the early long stretches of Saturday deferring the general decisions by seven days, under five hours to the beginning of the surveys.
The following is the full articulation by the INEC Executive.
“ADDRESS BY THE Director Free NATIONAL Constituent COMMISSION lNEC. Educator MAHMOOD YAKUBU TO THE Partners’ MEETING ON THE 2019 GENERAL Races Universal Gathering Center ABUJA ON SATURDAY sixteenth FEBRUARY 2019
Around thirteen hours back, 1 passed on to Nigerians the choice of the Free National Constituent Commission (INEC) to reschedule the 2019 general decisions by multi week. Presidential and National Gathering prior planned for 16′” February 2019 will presently hang on Saturday 23″ February 2019 while Governorship, State Get together and FCT Territory Chamber races booked for 2″” Walk 2019 will currently hang on Saturday 9’I Walk 2019.
The one-week alteration was an agonizing one for [NEC yet essential in the general enthusiasm of our vote based system.
Nigerians will review that when this Commission was selected in November 2015, we guaranteed Nigerians two cardinal things.
In the first place, we will strive to unite the upgrades made in the administration of races in Nigeria since 2011. Furthermore. we will dependably be open, straightforward and responsive.
We have strived industriously to keep these guarantees in exceptionally attempting conditions.
With regards to our guarantee to solidify the increases of the last two discretionary cycles, the Commission has led 195 rerun and off-season decisions the nation over since the last broad races.
The vast majority of these decisions have been commonly declared to indicate dynamic enhancements in arranging, execution and results.
This responsibility to keep on enhancing decision organization has educated our arrangements for the 2019 general races. We will probably design cautiously, execute carefully and acquire solidness into decision the board Nigeria.
Therefore, we reported settled information for decisions in Nigeria such that Presidential and National Get together races will dependably hang on the third Saturday in February of a race year. while the Governorship and State Get together races pursue two weeks_1ater.
Having settled this, we started the arranging very ahead of schedule, with a Vital Arrangement (SP), 3 Vital Program of Activity (SPA) and a Decision Venture Plan (EPP). Indeed, the arrangement for the 2019 general races was prepared in November 2017 and we along these lines issued the timetable and calendar of exercises for the races more than one year prior on 9″I January 2018.
We cautiously pursued the timetable and executed l3 of the 14 exercises as booked. We kept to the time allotment and have not missed the date settled for any single action.
In planning for the 2019 general races, we have encountered the substances of directing such a broad national arrangement of men and materials in a creating nation like our own.
It is said that decisions comprise the most broad preparation of men and materials that any nation could attempt in peacetime.
The difficulties of doing as such, even under the best of conditions, are tremendous. Inside a time of 16 months, we enlisted more than 14 million Nigerians as new voters, gathering their names, locations, photos and their whole ten fingerprints. Past that, we arranged, printed and conveyed their lasting voter’s cards for gathering. I should take note of that of the 14.28 million Perpetual Voters’ Cards (PVCs) made accessible for gathering, about 10.87 million or 76.12% have been gathered.
It is frequently not valued the greatness of exercises that the Commission embraces amid general races. Not just we have selected and prepared around 1 million youngsters to fill in as specially appointed staff, the extent of materials activated for our decisions, is gigantic.
For example, the Commission has printed 421.7 million poll papers for six planned races, just as 13.6 million leaves of result shapes for the Presidential decision alone.
For sure, overseeing 91 ideological groups and 23,316 contender for whom votes will be thrown in 119,973 surveying units by more than 84 million voters is absolutely dumbfounding. Most likely. arrangements for the 2019 general decisions have been incredibly entrusting for the Commission.
It is in this way not sudden that such a huge national preparation of men and materials will experience operational difficulties and we have had our a lot of such difficulties.
There have been deferrals in conveying tally papers and result sheets for the races which are not unordinary. In any case, I should stress that all the ticket papers and result sheets were prepared before the races regardless of the exceptionally tight lawful time period for finishing assignment of applicants and managing the spate of legitimate difficulties that go with it.
In such manner, the Commission has been sued or participate more than 640 court cases emerging from the designation of applicants. As at today, there are 40 diverse court orders against the Commission on whether to include or drop hopefuls.
The net impact of these is that there is typically approximately a one-month window for the Commission to print ticket papers and result sheets and either fly or transport them to a few goals until they at long last get to each surveying unit.
Shockingly, in the most recent week. flights inside the nation have been antagonistically influenced by awful climate. For example, three days back, we were not able convey materials to a few areas because of awful climate.
We in this manner needed to depend on moderate moving long haulage vehicles to areas that can be overhauled via air disregarding the way that we made five zonal air terminal center points Abuja (North Focal), Port Harcourt (South-South and South East), Kano (North West), Maiduguri and Yale (North East) and Lagos (South West) to encourage the conveyance of constituent coordinations.
Aside from these calculated difficulties, we additionally confronted what may well endeavor to undermine our arrangements. In a space of about fourteen days. we needed to manage genuine flame episodes in three of our workplaces in Isiala Ngwa South Neighborhood Government Territory of Abia State, Qu’an Dish Nearby Government Region of Level State and our Anambra State Office at Awka.
In every one of the three cases. genuine disturbances were occasioned by the flame, further occupying our consideration from standard arrangements to recuperation from the effect of the occurrences. In lsiala Ngwa South, several PVCs were scorched, requiring the recompiling of the influenced cards and reproducing so as to guarantee that the influenced voters are not disappointed. I am happy that every one of the cards were immediately republished and made accessible for accumulation by their proprietors.
ln Qu’an Container Nearby Government Territory. our whole office was flattened, devastating every one of the materials arranged for the races printed register of voters, voting booths, casting a ballot work areas and a few power creating sets. ll Enlistment Zones and over IOO surveying units were influenced by the flame. We recouped rapidly and have since supplanted everything wrecked. What’s more, we verified an appropriate working from which to lead the races.
Maybe the most genuine was the flame occurrence in our Anambra State Office at Awka, which crushed more than 4,600 Shrewd Card Perusers being set up for the races. These Card Perusers take something like a half year to acquire.
In spite of this misfortune, we have for all intents and purposes recouped from this by cleaning up each accessible extra SCR the nation over and inside 24 hours conveyed them for races to hold in Anambra State.
Every one of these difficulties imply that at that point: have been contrasts in arrangements starting with one State then onto the next. Our general evaluation is that if the decisions went on as arranged, surveys won’t open at 8am in all surveying units across the country. However, we are resolved that surveys must hold in the meantime wherever in the nation.
Along these lines, decisions won’t be stunned. This is imperative to the general population view of decisions as free. reasonable and dependable. We guaranteed Nigerians that we will be open. straightforward and responsive.
Looked with these difficulties, we at first felt that we just require a limit of 24 hours to determine the coordinations issues included and complete our arrangement for the race.
This would mean moving the races to begin on Sunday seventeenth February 20l9. In any case, given the limitation of development amid decisions, that could influence numerous votes who revere on Sundays.
While the Commission was thinking about the next Monday eighteenth February 2019 as an alternative, our LCT Division prompted us that it would require 5 – 6 days to reconfigure around 180,000 Savvy Card Perusers prior customized to work just on decision day Saturday sixteenth February 20l9.
It is hence that the Commission chosen to modify the race dates to Saturday 23rd February 2019 for Presidential and National Get together decisions and an important change of Governorship, State Get together and FCT Territory Committee races to Saturday ninth Walk 2019.
Some touchy materials have been circulated. Be that as it may, every single such material have been recovered and will be reclaimed to the care of the National Bank of Nigeria. I need to guarantee you that there will be a legitimate review to represent all materials.
In the following couple of days, the Commission will chip away at the premise of the accompanying arrangement:
Bandits attack police formation, kill 13 officers in Zamfara
Armed men suspected to be bandits have attacked the Kurar Mota community in Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State, killing at least 13 police officers
We gathered that the incident occured on Sunday when the assailants invaded a police formation and gunned down officers on duty.
A residents who identified himself as Kabir Dansada, told Daily Trust that the armed men had earlier attempted to invade Magami, a community located 50km south of Gusau, the state capital, but were repelled by soldiers.
“They withdrew after they were overpowered by the soldiers there. They then rode to a community along Magami – Dankurmi – Dangulbi road and killed one person and torched four shops.”
“Thereafter, they moved to Kurar Mota community and attacked the police formation near the township clinic. The criminals then dashed into the forest”
“The slain officers and the injured ones were conveyed to Gusau in a convoy of police vehicles this afternoon. I saw several police vehicles move towards the area,” he said.
When contacted by our correspondent, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, SP Muhammad Shehu said he would inquire and revert.
Clean smelly Lagos gutters, stop making noise – Deji Adeyanju rebukes Joe Igbokwe
Deji Adeyanju, an Abuja-based human rights activist, has berated Joe Igbokwe, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, over his recent comments on social media.
Adeyanju said Igbokwe who should be cleaning smelly gutters in Lagos State is making noise on social media.
Igbokwe, who is the Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources to the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has been very outspoken on social media lately.
The APC chieftain celebrated the rearrest of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
He had explained that Kanu once asked IPOB members to kill him and his family members.
The governor’s aide also rebuked Kanu’s style of agitation, stressing that the IPOB leader never witnessed the Biafra civil.
Igbokwe further stressed that the Nigerian government has enough evidence to convict the embattled IPOB leader.
However, Adeyanju, in a tweet wrote: “Joe Igbokwe who should be busy cleaning smelly gutters in Lagos is still on Facebook making noise.”
Meanwhile, we observed that Lagos State has witnessed serious flooding due to rain fall and bad drainage management.
Cultism: Four arrested during cult supremacy battle in Ogun
Four persons, who the police said are members of dreaded cult groups, were on Saturday arrested during a supremacy battle in Ogun State.
Police said the supremacy battle led to a gun duel between Aye and Eiye confraternities in the Atan-Ota area of Ogun.
The suspects, according to the Ogun Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, were identified as Olusegun Owoola (26), Gbenga Akinkade (34), Jinadu Waliu (30) and Sanni Hammed (27)
Oyeyemi informed us that they were arrested following a distress call received by the DPO of Atan Ota division, CSP Abolade Oladigbolu at about 4am on Saturday.
The two groups were said to have gone on a rampage at the Hotel road area of Atan, shooting sporadically.
The DPO had mobilized his men to the scene “where they met the two groups engaging themselves in a serious gun battle.”
According to Oyeyemi, “the police engaged the hoodlums and subsequently subdued them”, leading to the arrest of four of them.
Items recovered from them are a locally-made pistol, three live cartridges, two knives, an iron rod and assorted criminal charms.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun has directed that the case be transferred to the anti-cultism section of the State CIID for investigation.
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