#ElectionPostponed: Questions Oshiomhole Wants INEC Chairman To Answer
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission Mahmood Yakubu is a man under pressure.
It all started at 3am on February 16, after he postponed the earlier scheduled presidential and National Assembly elections.
His explanation for the postponement has not gone down well with most Nigerians including the ruling party, All Progressive Congress (APC).
The party has questioned the preparedness of the commission for the rescheduled February 23 polls.
The party alleged that the ballot papers for the elections had been sighted in some places and could give room for compromise.
The party also said it would resume campaigns to remind people, especially at the grassroots on the need to turn out and vote.
The APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, who spoke at the National Caucus meeting of the party in Abuja on Monday, also queried INEC for having only 4,000 extra card readers for 176,000 polling units instead of having one extra per polling unit.
He said, “Now my question, having sighted a copy or a sample of the ballot papers and of the result sheets, what is INEC doing differently to ensure that those who have already seen those samples will not go to ‘Amadi layout’ to go and try to print a sample of the one they have seen?
“INEC, having violated our confidence, they now must earn it or re-earn it and sustain it every day the same way.
“So, we are going to write INEC to demand a small meeting not to be a meeting of not more than 1,000 people in a conference hall, face-to-face to speak to specific details.
“One, we have been told that they would re-configure card readers and we were told that they were like about 180,000 and there are two issues. One, INEC have you started? When will you finish this configuration? If they are 180,000, it means the extra is only 4,000 since we have 176,000 polling booths. What is the basis for only making allowance for only 4,000? Is this based on past experience?”
Expressing doubt about INEC’s neutrality in the election, Oshiomhole said what the commission had done created rooms for suspicion.
“Mr President, why we need concrete answers to all these questions is that, in the absence of incident forms, should there be more card reader failure over and above 4,000, what is INEC’s contingency plan to deal with that? We don’t want staggered elections.
"We want nationwide elections, same time, same day all over the country. So, INEC needs to brief us on the basis for this small addition. Every card reader should have a spare. So, if we have 176,000 polling units, we want to have 176,000 spares. So, whenever one fails, the other one can be used.”
“I am much more determined that our message to the Nigerian people, we must revive it, we must insist these elections are conducted properly, some INEC RECs have been compromised."
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