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Ballot papers: INEC introduces security features against rigging

 *Works out delivery of voting materials across the country
*Party leaders frown at INEC over order of election, appeal of tenure for governors

BY JIDE AJANI

ABUJA-THE Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC’s has introduced some security features in the ballot papers to be used for the April 2011 general elections Vanguard can reveal.

The contract for the ballot papers has already been awarded by the Commission after a series of rigorous security clearances.

Also, arrangement that would see the Commission deliver voting materials to voting centres across the country are in their last stages of fine tuning.

Meanwhile, there were indications over the weekend that a sense of unease pervaded the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and a few other political parties over suggestions in some quarters that INEC met to discuss the court judgment nullifying the powers of the National Assembly to set election dates.

Vanguard was informed of a meeting by the Commission’s top hierarchy over the judgment and the exploration of the possibility of re-adjusting the election schedule which places the Presidential election as second in the series for April 9, 2011 – federal legislative elections would be held on April 2, 2011, while gubernatorial and state legislative elections would come last on April16.

This is being seen in some quarters as capable of creating confusion as “presidential candidates are harping on the April 9, 2011 date when they are on the campaign trail”, a source hinted.

Specifically, some leaders of the PDP are not happy that the Commission has decided to appeal the court judgment which extended the tenure of five state governors where elections would be holding next year as against INEC’s plan to hold elections in those states this year.

Vanguard has been made to understand that the ballot papers to be used for the April polls would be “election-specific”.


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