Yakubu Busari, Jos
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Resident Electoral Commissioner in Plateau state, Mallam Hussein Halilu has said that though Plateau State has 2,480,455 registered voters, only a total number of 512,532 have PVCs.
Of this number, 311,483 have been collected leaving a balance of 201,049 uncollected as at January 3lst.
He said the Commission is fully prepared for the conduct of the elections in the state.
The Commissioner at a Town Hall Meeting in Jos in preparation to the 2019 general elections said the Commission has put in place necessary measures to ensure the conduct of a free, fair and credible election on February 16 and March 2 respectively.
He thanked many of the stakeholders present for embarking on Voter Education and sensitization in partnership with the Commission, adding that the assistance has helped a lot in view of the high number of political parties fielding candidates in these elections.
He said the Commission has introduced numerous innovations within the process especially between 2011 and 2015 general elections and subsequent by-elections.
” The following are some of the innovations introduced: Biometric Register-of Voters, Permanent Voter Card with multiple security features, Modified Open Ballot System (REMOBS), which allows for transparent voting and result announcement procedures at polling units”.
“Continuous accreditation and voting, Improved security features on sensitive electoral materials (serial numbering and colour-coding of ballot papers and result sheets, as well as security coding of ballot boxes and customised ballot paper and result sheets)
“More transparent framework for result collation and results, More open and transparent procedures, modalities and processes on Election Day (i.e. pasting of results at polling units and collation centres) and intensified training and re-training of INEC staff, Enhanced Voter Education and citizen engagement”.
He added that the commission has already put in place, Election Risk Management with improved used of technology: DDC Machines, Card Reader, eAccreditation and e-Collation, as well as Registration Area Centre (RAC)
According to him an lnter-Agency Committee on Election Securitty (ICCEB) is saddled with the responsibility of providing enabling environment for the INEC to carry out their functions before during and after the elections is also in place.
” I also wish to inform you that we have received and deployed non-sensitive materials from the Commission’s Headquarter. We have put in place the RACs for ease of deploying sensitive materials on the eve of elections and other activities to ensure timely commencement of the election at 8:00 am prompt,” he concluded.