By Jude Opara
THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that it will still use the Card Reader machines and the Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) for the forthcoming governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states.
This is also as the commission has assured that the much-awaited report on the 2015 General Elections would be released next month.
Post election lessons
National Commissioner, Amb. Lawrence Nwuruku, who revealed this in Abuja, yesterday, at a workshop on post-election lessons, also assured that the report will be very comprehensive and detailed.
On what led to the delay in the release of the general election report, Amb. Nwuruku answered: “I want to assure you that the report will be ready soon. We have prepared them but we are just putting the final efforts on the report.
It has not been easy preparing it but we will soon release it at least within the next one month.”
The National Commissioner gave an update on the Bayelsa and Kogi elections, stating: “We have learned a lot of lesson from using card readers during the last election and I don’t think we will have any problem again using them for the Bayelsa and Kogi elections. It will be certainly used for the elections.”
“We will soon commence the update of voters’ register. We are just preparing towards that but you should also know that we are in very mournful mood because of one of us that died on Saturday even though it has not hampered the progress we are making towards the Kogi and Bayelsa elections. The delay in the updating of the voters register will not affect anything.
“I can tell you that some of the preparations we have put on ground for the election include: we have started recruitment of adhoc staff, we are about to train them and we are also about printing the ballot papers, the result sheets and sensitive and non-sensitive materials.
I assure you that they will be delivered within the time required by the law to have them. We are preparing and I assure you that there will not be any shortfall.
“As for the general update of voters register, it is supposed to be a continuous exercise as its name suggests. It means that we should have registration officers permanently living in the wards.
When somebody attains 18 years he will go there and register, the names of those that have died should also be expunged from the register.”
On the security arrangements for the elections, Amb. Nwaruku assured that the INEC will continue to do its best to ensure the safety of staff and materials.