- There is no possibility that the 2019 general elections will be postponed, INEC has said
- INEC boss said the electoral commission has also contacted the NYSC to release corps members for the elections
- Mahmood Yakubu added that an additional 200,000 ballot boxes have also been procured for the presidential election
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says there is no possibility of a postponement of the 2019 general elections.
The disclosure was made by the commission's chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, during an interview on The Osasu Show, Punch reports.
Legit.ng gathers that he said: "I cannot see any possibility of a postponement. We started this a long time ago; we have gone ahead with preparations. INEC is not even contemplating the possibility of a postponement.”
Yakubu also stated that the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) had been contacted by INEC to release corps members for the elections.
He said: “We are liaising with the NYSC for ad-hoc workers to be used for the elections, and where there are shortfalls, the commission has a very clear policy - we will make up the difference by using students of federal tertiary institutions.
“Unless the number is exhausted and there is still a shortfall, we will then go to the state tertiary institutions.”
Yakubu said over 62,000 ballot boxes, which were either damaged or destroyed have been replaced by the commission. He said an additional 200,000 ballot boxes had also been procured for the presidential election.
He said: “We needed to replace 27,000 smart card readers after the stress tests on the ones used in the 2015 general elections. We have changed the batteries, the SIM cards and the memory cards.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission has assured that it will not postpone elections in some communities in the north-east which have come under attacks of Boko Haram.
The electoral body said the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) was instrumental in its successful voter registration through airlift of INEC personnel to difficult terrains containing landmines in Borno state during the registration.
INEC said if NAF had not rendered assistance during voter registration, many qualified voters in those areas would have been disenfranchised.
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