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APC faults Jonathan’s directive on ballot papers

08 September 2014, 11:01

Lagos - The All Progressives Congress (APC) has faulted the Presidential directive that all electoral materials  be printed by the Nigeria Security Printing and Minting Company (NSPMC) .

The party described the directive as a threat to the independence of  the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the organisation of a free, fair and credible elections in the country.

Also read : CBN, INEC collaborate on printing of electoral materials

In a statement issued in London on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary,  Lai Mohammed, the party said the directive becomes suspicious because it was followed by the dissolution of the management of the NSPMC.

The sack of the board according to the party may be a ploy by the President to inject PDP card-carrying members into the reconstituted management so the company can become another rigging tool in subsequent elections, especially the 2015 general elections.

The party noted that there was nothing wrong in having the NSPMC print electoral materials, since this will translate to more jobs for Nigerians and save money but considering the abuse of national institutions like the military and the police by the PDP led Federal Government,  it will be dangerous to have government take control of the printing of ballot papers and other electoral materials via the NSPMC.

The party said INEC should be left to determine where to print its electoral materials to ensure the integrity of such materials.

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