BREAKING: We’ll no longer keep sensitive election materials with CBN, INEC says

BREAKING: We’ll no longer keep sensitive election materials with CBN, INEC says

  • Ahead of the 2023 general elections, Nigeria's electoral body, INEC said it will no longer keep sensitive election materials with the CBN
  • The chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this on Saturday, June 4, at an election dialogue in Abuja
  • Professor Yakubu, however, said INEC has never had an issue with the apex bank since the partnership started

FCT, Abuja - Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), says sensitive election materials will no longer be “routed” through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

The INEC chairman made this known on Saturday, June 4, at an election dialogue, ‘The Electorate’, organised by Enough is Enough (EiE).

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Professor Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman, says the electoral commission will no longer keep sensitive election materials with the CBN. Photo credit: @inecnigeria
Source: Twitter

Yakubu, however, said the electoral body has never had an issue with the CBN since the partnership started, but due to “current circumstances”, an alternative will be found.

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He said the new measures would be adopted as early as the June 16 governorship election in Ekiti state.

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His words:

“Logistics in an election is much wider than the movement of sensitive material for the election. Take the case of Ekiti for instance, all non-sensitive materials have been delivered to Ado-Ekiti and they are in all the LGAs of the state.
“But sensitive materials are usually delivered on behalf of the commission by the Central Bank of Nigeria. (CBN) which are inspected in the presence of the bank and then moved out by our own officials.
“I want to say that since INEC started this collaboration with the CBN, we have never experienced a single issue with the movement of materials. The agency has been such a good partner to the commission.

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“But we appreciate the current circumstances, and it is for that reason, pending the time we find an alternative, the materials for the Ekiti election will not be routed through the CBN.
“We will move the material to the airport in Akure and move the material to our office e in Ado Ekiti and do the distribution from there. We are not going to use CBN. And when it comes to the general election, we have to look for an alternative way of doing it.”

Nigerians, especially on social media, have recently asked INEC to sever ties with the CBN after Godwin Emefiele, governor of the bank, showed interest in the race for the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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This is as the commission announced the release of its Regulations and Guidelines for the Conduct of Elections, 2022.

“The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has unveiled the revised INEC Regulations and Guidelines for the Conduct of Elections," the commission tweeted.

Source: Legit.ng

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