Jega Breaks Silence, Says There Are Few Security Concerns About Elections

After a long wait, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Attahiru Jega, has broken his silence by saying that there are still a few security concerns hovering over the 2015 general election.

It would be recalled that Jega refused to speak to the press after meeting the president and service chiefs on Tuesday.

However, the INEC chairman on Wednesday at Transcorp Hilton hotel in Abuja on Wednesday spoke at a situation room dialogue session where he revealed the outcome of the Aso Rock meeting.

“Yesterday, I had an opportunity to brief security agencies and we received assurances that they were doing everything to provide security,” he said.

“There are still a few concerns and challenges which will be addressed with security agencies. There has been progress with the security agencies in getting rid of insurgents and there are three local government areas (LGAs) left to rid insurgents.

“We are working together with security agencies to get rid of thugs identified in states. We have emphasized the protection of ad-hoc officials with security agencies and they have assured us progress has been made.”

He went on to assure Nigerians that internally displaced persons (IDPs) would vote in the coming elections, adding that the commission has deployed necessary materials for the election.

“We have plans on the ground for IDP voting. We have designated secure places for IDPs to vote,” he said.

“We have procured and deployed sensitive and non-sensitive materials. We have completed outstanding distribution of PVCs to Ogun state and distribution has started in Jos. “We have secured the International Conference Centre as a better facility for collating results and meeting election observers.

On card readers, Jega said: “The card reader does not stop working at 1pm (the scheduled time to end accreditation); it stops when every voter on the queue has been accredited.”

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