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INEC to publish list of new polling units next week



INEC to publish list of new polling units next week

By Emmanuel Oloniruha

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has pledged to release a full list of its new voting units across the country next week .

INEC President Professor Mahmood Yakubu revealed this in Abuja on Monday.

Yakubu was speaking at the official handover of a new state-of-the-art fire truck, deployed at Commission headquarters in Abuja by the Federal Fire Service (FFS).

It said details of the location of its registration centers and the procedure for starting online registration for the resumption of continuous voter registration (CVR) nationwide would be available at during the second week of May.

He expressed the committee’s appreciation to the FFS and all security agencies for demonstrating their support for the protection of INEC facilities.

He said the support came on the eve of CVR’s nationwide resumption over the next three weeks.

“We previously assured Nigerians that we would complete work on expanding voter access to voting units and make the new voting units available to citizens prior to the CVR exercise.

“I am happy to report that we have accomplished this task for the first time in 25 years.

“A full list of new voting units will be released next week.

“Likewise, details of the location of registration centers and the procedure for starting online registration will also be available after a series of regular consultative meetings with stakeholders next week,” Yakubu said.

He said that as a member of the Inter-Agency Advisory Committee on Election Security (ICCES), the FFS had been as concerned as other security agencies about the recent attacks on our offices across the country.

“This is especially true given that of the 42 attacks on our facilities nationwide, 18 incidents resulted from arson and three more from a combination of arson and vandalization.”

Yakubu recalled that concerned about these incidents, the commission called an emergency meeting of the ICCES last week in April, where the security agencies renewed their determination to collaborate more with the commission.

According to him, they pledged to help the commission meet the challenge beyond the routine protection of INEC’s assets and the safety of its officials, voters, observers, media, candidates and their agents during the elections. .

“For its part, the Federal Fire Department has proposed to deploy an additional state-of-the-art fire engine at INEC headquarters to supplement the two existing trucks.

“At the same time, he ordered his state offices to take additional protective measures around other INEC facilities nationwide.

“Today’s inauguration of the new fire engine is a further affirmation of support for the commission from the FFS, whose staff, already permanently deployed to the commission.

“Staff will continue to operate and maintain fire trucks and other fire fighting equipment installed by INEC,” Yakubu said.

Speaking earlier, FFS Comptroller General (CG) Alhaji Liman Ibrahim said the deployment of the fire truck was based on recent fire attacks against INEC offices in different parts of the country.

Ibrahim, represented by the deputy comptroller general of the service, Mr. Samson Karebo, said the deployed truck would serve as a fire blanket for the INEC headquarters premises and the entire Maitama area in Abuja.

“The FFS is taking this step as a proactive step to protect our critical infrastructure and help protect our economy by creating synergy with all stakeholders in protecting our environments.

“Our center is focused on setting up firefighting operations in all parts of the country as part of our statutory obligations by being present in virtually all states in Nigeria.

“The FFS will very soon be installed in all the senatorial seats in the country. This is how we want to operate for now so that we can reach every corner of this country, ”Ibrahim said.

He called for everyone’s cooperation so that the service serves the nation better by not attacking FFS personnel in the exercise of their functions.

In his remarks, the retired National Security Advisor (NSA) Major General. Babagana Monguno, who is also co-chair of ICCES, described the deployment of the truck as a demonstration of President Muhammadu Buhari‘s commitment to supporting democracy in Nigeria and tackling insecurity.

Monguno said the gesture also symbolized Buhari’s commitment to a clear affirmation of protecting government institutions, securing their property, tackling acts of irresponsibility, vandalism and outright criminality.

“The president is determined as much as he can within the limits of the law to suppress any type of crime and destruction of public property.

“It’s something he’s determined to do regardless of the challenges.

“He will use all the resources at his disposal in his capacity as Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces to ensure that Nigerian society as a whole is safe, stable and empowered to carry out its legitimate business, free from all encroachment. act of insecurity ”, he said

Monguno urged all other security agencies not to slacken their efforts to continue protecting lives and property.

The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Usman Baba pledged to the security agencies to work with INEC and to protect INEC facilities, life and property of citizens.

Also on the occasion was the Minister of the Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, represented by the Director of Joint Services, Mr. Peter Obodo; as well as the representative of the Director General, State Services Directorate, Tony Adikweruka. (NAA)


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