By JIDE AJANI , Deputy Ed Editor
Barring any last minute hiccups, the Independent National Electoral Commission,INEC, will this week sign the contract for the procurement of the Direct Data Capture, DDC, machines, just as the Commission battles to keep pace with the massive logistical challenges confronting it.
This is following revelations by a source from INEC headquarters in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, at the weekend that the office of due process “should make available the papers for the contract and for onward signing this week”.
Sunday Vanguard was told that “the Due Process office had to do its work and it has expedited action on that. Barring any hitch, the paper work for the award of the contracts should be done with this week”.
The Commission is favourably disposed to a January date for the commencement of the registration of voters.
It has set aside 14 days.
But a dependable source hinted that another allowance would be made for extra days.
“The Commission would not be telling Nigerians that it would extend the time for the registration exercise but we are making allowance for some possible extra days so that the work we are doing and for which huge sums of money are being deployed would be done well”, the source said.
The process for the recruitment of the 360, 000 registration agents it requires is also continuing.
The 360, 000 persons shall be deployed on the basis of three persons to one registration unit.
INEC proposes to work with 120, 000 registration centres across the 774 local government areas of the federation.
INEC, Sunday Vanguard has been told, would also station an additional 8,000 registration officers.
This brings the total number of personnel to be involved in the registration exercise to 368,000.
A sum of N30, 000 has already being earmarked for each of the 360, 000 persons being recruited.
The 8, 000 registration officers would be staff of INEC.
Their responsibility would be to collate the figures of those registered.