The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC says it is not prepared for electronic mode of voting even though the law now allows for it, but will only accredit voters electronically during the forthcoming general elections.
Benue Resident Electoral Commissioner Sam Egwu made this known at a stakeholders meeting in Makurdi, He further explained that the bimodal verification and accreditation machine is not a voting machine.
Sam Egwu confirmed that a total of 2.7 million voters in the state are expected to participate in the exercise.
It is just a few days to the general election, critical stakeholders comprising traditional and religious leaders, CSOs, party candidates, and their leaders as well as opinion leaders have converge here in Makurdi, at the instance of the independent national electoral commission.
The Resident electoral commissioner sets the tone for deliberations by revealing statistics of registered voters, and also disclosed the number of polling units without registered voters.
He also talked about what is expected from the political actors and voters during the exercise.
The Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom commended the the engagement between INEC and relevant stakeholders in the political space, and pledged his commitment to ensure a peaceful process.
Again Governor Ortom used the platform to speak on the scarcity of the redesigned naira notes insisting that it is the worst policy of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration.
According to the electoral umpire 10 polling units in five local government areas of the state are without registered voters, but so far, the Commission says it is ready to conduct a credible, free, fair and transparent election.
IGP Assures of Police Readiness to Provide Full Security Coverage
As part of his quest to ensure that officers of the Nigeria Police Force are adequately prepared to effectively police the 2023 General Elections, particularly officers responsible for strategic operational deployments and active field duties across the states of the Federation, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, CFR, has directed the convergence of all Heads of Operations in State and Zonal Commands at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, on Monday 20th February, 2023 at 9am, for a one-day training seminar on practical approaches to curbing electoral violence within the election process.
The seminar to be declared open by the IGP on Monday, will have in attendance Deputy Commissioners of Police in charge of Operations at all Zonal and State Commands of the Nigeria Police Force, participants from the operations department of the military, and other security agencies involved in election security management, members of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), the Media, Youth representatives and the diplomatic community, with the theme “The Role of the Nigeria Police Force in Curbing Election Violence in Nigeria as it Affects the Upcoming 2023 General Elections”.
Professor Sunday Ochoche, fwc, of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) will serve as a keynote speaker alongside AIG Wilson Inalegwu (Rtd) and CP Lawrence Alobi (Rtd.) at the Seminar organized by the NPF in conjunction with Central Soft Support Services.
The Inspector-General of Police has assured that the Nigeria Police Force will collaborate with relevant stakeholders to ensure preparedness to deliver on its mandate of providing full security coverage before, during, and after the 2023 General Elections.
ONDO ARMY WARNS TROUBLE MAKERS AHEAD OF ELECTIONS PKG.
The Nigerian Army has reassured Nigerians of its neutrality during Saturday’s Presidential and National Elections.
The Commander of 32 Artillery Brigade, Akure, Ondo State, Brigadier-General Mukhtar Adamu gave the assurance at the 2023 West African Social Activities (WASA) in the state.
Like the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, security agencies play crucial roles in the conduct of elections in Nigeria.
With the 2023 elections fast approaching, the Nigerian Army has continued to assure Nigerians of its neutrality and commitment to peaceful conduct of the polls.
Speaking at the the 2023 West African Social Activities, WASA in Akure, Ondo State, the Commander of 32 Artillery Brigade, Brigadier-General Muktar Adamu said the army will ensure that the elections are conducted peacefully.
Brigadier-General Adamu reassured residents of the state that the Army will deal decisively with trouble makers and people planning to disrupt the elections.
The Commander also assured the people of adequate security before, during and after the elections.