INEC insists on own timetable for 2019 poll
• Ekiti has 215,000 unclaimed PVCs
The independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) is insisting on its plan to conduct the presidential and National Assembly elections first contrary to the position of the Senate that the presidential election should come last.
Chairman of the commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu stated this in Abuja yesterday during a quarterly media interaction at the commission’s headquarters.
Yakubu insisted that the commission’s position was based on constitutional provisions, particularly the 2010 Electoral Act as amended.
“The constitution has empowered us to conduct elections at our convenience so we are going ahead with our elections as planned,” he said
He expressed worry about vote buying by politicians saying the commission was taking steps to curtail the menace.
Yakubu said INEC has finished preparations for the conduct of the 2019 general elections with the validation of election project plan, adding that it has procured more Direct Data Capture Machines (DDCM) to speed up the process.
Meanwhile, INEC has assured political parties and aspirants jostling for the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State that cases of underage voting won’t be allowed during poll.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Prof. Abdulganiyu Raji who spoke through the commission ‘ s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Taiwo Gbadegesin also regretted that about 215,000 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) are yet to be collected by owners few months to election.
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