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2011: INEC timetable out this week

By Ben Agande
ABUJA—THE Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, may release the timetable for 2011 elections this week following the signing of Electoral Act by President Goodluck Jonathan last Friday.

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Attahiru Jega, and his national commissioners were, yesterday, putting finishing touches to the time table which a source at the commission said “could be released between Wednesday and Friday this week.”

Vanguard gathered that with the release of money for the voters’ register, activities at the commission are expected to pick up tremendously.

A senior staff of the commission told Vanguard: “The commission has intensified negotiations with the manufacturers of machines to be used for the registration of voters and within the next few days, a definite position would have been reached.

“We should be able to finalize our arrangements with the manufacturers this week and we are also talking with some vendors in case we are not able to reach agreement with the manufacturers. We are adopting multi-pronged approach and we believe that we should be able to get good results.”

By provisions of the 2010 Electoral Act, the time table for elections which are to be held in January must be released before the end of this month to allow parties and the commission prepare adequately for the elections.

At a meeting with leaders of the registered political parties in Abuja last week, INEC Chairman, Professor Jega, warned that the commission was already two weeks behind schedule of its projected time for the elections.

President Goodluck Jonathan in his facebook posting stated that  “in addition to signing the Electoral Act yesterday (Friday), the Federal Government also authorized the release of required resources to the INEC to carry out their constitutional duties.

I believe that with these, the INEC is getting fully armed and we are well on the way to progress in electoral reform.”


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