Insecurity Thwarts Election In 18 Polling Units In Yobe State

#NigeriaDecides2The Resident Electoral Commission (REC) in Yobe State, Mr Habu Zarma, on Monday said elections in 18 polling units in Geidam Local Government could not be held due to security reasons.

Speaking to journalists in Damaturu, the state capital, Mr Zarma revealed that all the electoral materials and INEC personnel deployed to the area were on ground for the exercise but could not go on with the due to security reports of an impending attack.

He further maintained that the tense situation prevented both the INEC personnel and the electorate from coming out to vote.

He however disclosed that the elections delayed in 18 wards in Fika, Potiskum and Yunusari Local Government Areas went on successfully and has been concluded and are currently being compiled.

Mr Zarma also said the collation of results for the presidential election is ongoing, adding that same is going on for the senatorial election.

The Commissioner further maintained that the collation process are progressing at all the centres without any hitch as several electoral officers are on their way to give their various results at the centre.

He commended the politicians, electorates and the security agents for the efforts they put to make the exercise a huge success and hoped similar cooperation will be given in the Governorship and the State Assembly election billed for the April 14.

INEC Reassures Stakeholders in Damaturu Of Its Readiness

inecThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has organised a stakeholders meeting in Damaturu, Yobe State capital, reassuring them of its readiness to hold hitch free elections.

Presided over by the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Habu Zarma, the meeting had in attendance representatives of various political parties, security formations, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) and the media.

The meeting appraised the level of preparedness, ranging from the collection of the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to the allocation of polling stations for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s) among other issues that will enhance peaceful conduct of the election.

Addressing the gathering, the REC said the PVC collection had reached 91 per cent, stressing that efforts were in progress to ensure that all the IDPs were conveyed to their various polling stations.

Mr Zarma said the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp in Fika and two secondary schools in Damaturu had been reserved for Gulani and Gujba IDPs, expressing sadness that initial plans did not make preparations for IDPs.

The REC stated that there were few cases of the IDPs in Bursari, Gaidam and Yunusari, but expressed happiness that security agencies had reported the return of peace in the areas and hope for smooth conduct of the exercise.

Zarma also said the PVCs of some registered voters in the state were yet to be printed. he explained that the National Headquarters had called for the collection of some printed PVCs, saying the electoral officers of the affected areas are on standby to immediately distribute the said PVCS as soon as they arrived the state.

Speaking on the use of the card reader for the voter accreditation, the REC said only voters identified would be allowed to exercise their franchise, saying; “there are enough card reader with back up of three per each electoral wards”.

The REC called on the stakeholders and people across the state to ensure orderliness that will would way for free, fair, peaceful and credible exercise.

INEC Records 88 Per Cent PVC Distribution In Yobe

pThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday confirmed the distribution of 88 % of the Permanent Voter Card (PVC) to registered voters in the volatile Yobe state, north-east Nigeria.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr. Habu Zarma, who disclosed this to newsmen in a meeting with stakeholders in Damaturu, the state capital, also said INEC will intensify distribution of the remaining cards to cover the 12 % yet to be covered.

The REC also said the success recorded so far by the Commission in the PVC distribution across the state is a clear indication that people of the state are gearing up for the election.

He expressed regrets that majority of the yet to be collected cards, put at 22,000, are from Damaturu the state capital, and called on the inhabitants to come for their cards, which will be the prerequisite for exercising their franchise.

The Commissioner, who introduced the stakeholders to the Card Reader urged them to discourage people from selling PVCs as the technology will disqualify such.

Mr.  Zarma disclosed that 1.3 million people of the state were initially registered during the exercise but some were disqualified for multiple registrations, trimming the figure to 1.1 million.

The postponement of the election, he revealed, will give more room for refresher training for the stakeholders, election officers among others ahead of the election.

He urged stakeholders to desist from violence before, during and after the election and to work assiduously for the success of the exercise.

INEC Assures Of Hitch Free Elections In Plateau

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that it conducts a better election in the coming general elections.

Plateau state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Habu Zarma said this during a meeting with various groups seeking support on strategies to sensitise and mobilise citizens for effective participation in elections.

Issues ranging from permanent voters cards, delimitation of electoral constituents, guidelines for political parties, and lists of registered and de-registered political parties as well as the electoral commission’s strategic plan document were discussed at the meeting.

The meeting, held in Jos, had in attendance political parties, civil society organisations and professional bodies.

INEC launched the strategic plan document that will manage electoral processes better and optimise organisational systems and structures for optimal performance towards the successful conduct of the 2015 general elections.

The commission assured of adequate provision that will accommodate and address issues without excluding displaced persons affected during crisis from voting.

Participants at the meeting expressed fears on the implementation of the guidelines and urged the commission to embark on sensitisation exercise on the commission’s activities.

Politicians were also encouraged to cooperate with the electoral body in order to have hitch free elections.