A ballot box filled with ballot is pictured before being counted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at a polling station in Yenagoa in Bayelsa State ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Abuja - Senate President, David Mark, said the lawmakers would do everything to assist Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct free, fair and transparent election.
Speaking after the appearance of Attahiru Jega, the INEC Chairperson, before the House, Mark said senators benefited from the interaction and hoped the organisation would conduct elections that are internationally accepted.
He thanks the INEC chairman for coming for the interaction ahead of the polls scheduled for March 28 and April 11.
The INEC chairman briefed the Senate on the general preparation for the forthcoming election by the commission.
He told the Senators that although the commission was not fully ready, it had to rescheduled the election for six weeks from the earlier date after receiving a letter from the National Security Adviser (NSA) of not been able to provide security for the conduct of the election.
On the issue of Permanent Voters Card (PVCs) distribution, the INEC executive said the commission had reached the distribution rate of 75,94 percent.
He added that out of the 68 million PVCs, about 66 million has been produced.
Jega said the remainder would be ready before the election.
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He emphasized that the problem was not with PVC production but collection.
“People are not coming out for card collection,” said Jega.
Meanwhile, the INEC leader told the Senators that the card reader would add value to the electoral process.
He said it is an offense not to use the card reader and assured that politicians buying or stealing PVCs will render them useless and disenfranchise the owners of the card.
He also dismisses the issue of cloning the card as the card reader will not recognize any card not produce by INEC.
Jega and team made up of three commissioners and other staff of the commission was admitted to the floor of the Senate after a motion move by the senate leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, seconded by the minority leader, Gorge Akume.