- The ruling party, APC, has asked INEC to be opened about its dealing ahead of the resheduled elections
- The APC said the commission should also let Nigerians know if all materials required for the elections were in the country
- The ruling party also said INEC should also let Nigerians know what it encountered in the failed election attempt of the February 16 and measures taken to overcome them
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Directorate of Election Planning and Monitoring on Sunday, February 18, demanded more transparency from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The party urged the commission to be open in its dealings ahead of the rescheduled Presidential and National Assembly elections.
Babatunde Fashola, Director of the Directorate and Minister of Power, Works and Housing made the demand at a news conference on Sunday in Abuja.
He was reacting to the postponement of the elections by INEC, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, had a few hours to commencement of the presidential and National Assembly elections, announced the rescheduling by one week of the elections earlier scheduled for February 16.
By the postponement, the Presidential and National Assembly elections now come up on February 23, while the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections come up on March 9.
Yakubu had said the decision to postpone the elections was taken after a meeting with INEC Commissioners, citing “logistics’’ problems as issues that prompted the postponement.
He said the decision was further necessitated after reviewing the level of the commission’s preparedness for the exercise.
He stressed that postponing the elections was a difficult decision, but was necessary for successful delivery of the elections and to consolidate on Nigeria’s democracy.
However, Fashola said there was need for the commission to keep Nigerians updated on preparations for the rescheduled elections. He also demanded more transparency.
The APC demanded for the following 7 things from INEC:
1. Transparency in its preparedness for the February 23 elections
2.The commission should let Nigerians know if all materials required for the elections were in the country
3. The commission’s plans to redeploy and distribute materials ahead of elections
4. The commission should let Nigerians know what transport logistics is in place ahead of February 23
5. Steps INEC has taken with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to assess, take inventory of materials
6. The commission should also confirm to Nigerians that the configuration of its card readers would be completed before February 23
7. INEC should brief Nigerians daily on an ongoing basis until the end of this general elections
Fashola said: “As a result of the common pain shared by us all, we demand greater openness and transparency in the Commission’s preparations ahead of Saturday 23rd February 2019 elections.
“We believe that members of the public should know what steps INEC have taken with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to assess, take inventory of materials and what their conditions are,” he said.
He added that the commission should also let Nigerians know if all materials required for the elections were in the country and if not what plans it had to ensure that they were on ground.
He further added that the commission’s plans to redeploy and distribute materials ahead of elections should also be made known to Nigerians.
Fashola said INEC should also let Nigerians know what it encountered in the failed election attempt of the February 16 and measures taken to overcome them.
He added that the commission should also confirm to Nigerians that the configuration of its card readers would be completed in readiness for the rescheduled elections.
He said it was also necessary for the commission to let Nigerians know what transport logistics and further materials it required in terms of vehicles, boats, trucks, airplanes, helicopters, manpower and funding to execute the elections.