Thursday, February 10, 2022

INEC: 2,242 field observers for FCT council poll - ITREALMS

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A total of 2,242 field observers would be deployed for this Saturday’s council election at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, reports 
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Prof. Yakubu, INEC Chairman
This is coming as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reassured on free, fair and credible process.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu made these disclosures, Tuesday, at stakeholders’ meeting at the Nigerian AirForce Conference Centre, Abuja reassuring the Commission would protect the transparency and integrity of the process.

“In line with this commitment, we have accredited 58 observer groups (53 domestic and 5 foreign) that are deploying a total of 2,242 field observers,” he said.

As said by him, INEC accredited some 45 media organisations deploying 340 journalists to cover the election.

“We will work with the security agencies to ensure that observers and the media are granted unimpeded access to voting and collation locations,” he said, urging the media and observers to operate within the context of the code of conduct for election observation and media coverage.

He also enjoined the political parties and candidates to realise these goals.

With regard to election technology for voter accreditation, Prof. Yakubu said, INEC has reviewed the performance of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) in the recent Anambra State Governorship election.

“Lessons learnt from that election have been considered in planning for the Area Council elections,” he said.

The BVAS, Yakubu equally said, have been configured and ready to deploy for the election.

“We have also made adequate arrangements for technical support and transportation to speedily respond in the unlikely event of glitches on election day,” he said.

In addition, Yakubu said, election results would be uploaded to the INEC Result Viewing portal (IReV) in real-time when voting ends and votes are counted at polling units on election day.

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