“Errors we had in previous elections will not reoccur” — INEC assures ahead of Saturday’s polls

In the approaching nationwide governorship elections on Saturday, the Independent National Election Commission, or INEC, reaffirmed its resolve to avoiding a repeat of the mistakes that occurred during the elections on February 25.

Festus Okoye, the INEC’s Chairperson of the Information and Voter Education Committee, promised that the voting materials will be given to the polling places on Saturday early enough in an interview with Arise TV on Friday.

He added that the panel has learned crucial lessons from the February 25 presidential and National Assembly elections.

“The commission is determined to improve on its previous performance. What we have done is to learn valuable lessons from previous elections that we conducted, and we’re going to put those lessons into our planning purposes and processes, and into our deployment purposes,” Okoye said.

Speaking on the INEC’s readiness, Okoye said, “As of today, what we’re having is what we call state assembly and governorship elections.

“In all the states of the federation, both the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System machines and all the sensitive election materials have left the Central Bank and the various state offices of the federation.

“We want to ensure that all polling units open on time. Secondly, we made sure that we reconfigured all the BVAS that will be used for this particular election in terms of making sure that the BVAS perform optimally and also making sure that some of the challenges we had in the previous elections do not reoccur.”


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