Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yabuku expressed regrets over the postponement of the elections, and the inconveniences cost this might have caused, he said the commission was working hard to ensure that the rescheduled elections hold and were free and fair.
He further said the process of reconfiguration of smart card readers for the general elections is 95% completed during his address on the measures taken so far to ensure the success of the scheduled polls.
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The INEC boss said, “You’ll recall that in my last address to stakeholders, I mentioned that we intended to deploy the smart card readers and we identified very clear timelines for the delivery of the smart card readers.
“I want to report that as at last night (Monday), we have achieved 95 per cent configuration of the 180,000 smart card readers, and this process is going to be completed early morning on Wednesday, clear one day ahead of schedule.
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He has now assured the ballots papers, result sheet and other sensitive materials have been moved to their locations.
“Ballot papers, result sheets, and a host of non-sensitive materials are now in location across the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory.”
“Our state offices commenced the process of inviting stakeholders to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to examine the retrieved materials deployed last week and witness the batching of materials according to local government areas. This is ongoing at the moment and is expected to be completed today”.