“There are still Security Challenges Ahead of Elections” – Jega
The Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Attahiru Jega expresses the fear that there are still a few security concerns and challenges over the 2015 general elections. He was speaking at a situation room dialogue session at Transcorp Hilton hotel in Abuja on Wednesday, 18 March 2015.
Referring to the Aso Rock meeting with the president and service chiefs on Tuesday he says, “Yesterday I had an opportunity to brief security agencies and we received assurances that they are doing everything to provide security.
“We have emphasised the protection of Adhoc officials with security agencies and they have assured us progress has been made.”
Prof. Jega further reveals also that the INEC is working together with security agencies to get rid of thugs identified in states. “There has been progress with the security agencies in getting rid of insurgents and there are 3 LGAs left to rid insurgents,” he said
He is optimistic that internally displaced persons (IDPs) would vote in the coming elections, assuring Nigerians that “Ballot box stuffing, voter impersonation, misrecording of voters, multiple voting will not happen in 2015.”
Jega said: “We have procured and deployed sensitive and non-sensitive materials. And have completed outstanding distribution of PVCs to Ogun state and distribution has started in Jos North. We have secured the International Conference Centre as a better facility for collating results and meeting election observers.”
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