JUST IN: INEC Bows To PDP's 'Fire Power', 'Sacks' Buhari's Aminat Zakari, Others From Results Collation C'ttee | News Proof



JUST IN: INEC Bows To PDP's 'Fire Power', 'Sacks' Buhari's Aminat Zakari, Others From Results Collation C'ttee

Aminat ZakariTHE the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has removed Aminat Zakari as a results collation officer of presidential poll and other strands of elections following an outcry by the main opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP that the commissioner is a relative of President Muhammadu Buhari.

As part of its commitment to transparency during next month’s poll, The INEC also excluded all it's National Commissioners from the collation of presidential poll results and other strands of elections, The Nation Newspaper reports

Amina Zakari was part of the commission's REC in charge of results collation for Presidential poll and other national election. A decision the opposition PDP vehement cried fouls about, stating she is a niece to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The commission has also decided to throw open its Situation Room to accredited observers, civil society organisations and the media.

About one million (1m) Nigerians have applied for poll jobs as ad hoc staff.

But INEC is still grappling with 639 court cases, arising from party primaries, barely 20 days to the general elections.

It, however, said it is impossible for anyone, no matter how smart, to compromise Card Readers.

According to a source, who spoke in strict confidence, neither the widely-criticised National Commissioner Amina Zakary nor any of the National Commissioners will be involved in the collation of presidential poll results.

The source also said the Resident Electoral Commissioners have no business with collation of results.

The source said: “No National Commissioner is in charge of collation of presidential poll results. It is true that there is what is called Collation Centre but it is separate from the Collation Secretariat, which is responsible for the collation of results.

”No National Commissioner will be appointed into the Secretariat Committee. So, Hajiya Amina Zakari or any National Commissioner does not have anything to do with the collation of results.”

Responding to a question, the source added that INEC met on Saturday and resolved to throw open its Situation Room.

The source added: “Related to the Collation Centre is our Situation Room. The international observers and other stakeholders want us to open up the Situation Room.

”The commission met on Saturday and decided that we will grant visitation rights to accredited observers, civil society organisations and the media.

”Observers might not be allowed to see all things but they can come in and out of the Situation Room. The greatest thing INEC has done with this is openness.”

Regarding preparation for the general elections, the source said: “Our plans are on course, we are happy with the speed.

”We are almost through with the engagement of ad hoc staff. In most cases, we recruit from the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) but the irony is that we do not have enough corps members.

“We will recruit students in final year or penultimate year in the universities where there is shortfall. We have established portals for the recruitment of ad hoc staff and as at Saturday, one million (1m) Nigerians have applied.”

The source allayed fears that Card Readers can either be cloned or pre-loaded.

The source added: “It is impossible to compromise Card Readers or pre-load the cards. We have enhanced the cards, we have increased the memory of every card and we have increased the capacity of the battery of each card.

”Nobody on the field can tamper with any card reader because you have to break the seal.

On cases arising from party primaries, the source said INEC has been joined in about 639 cases.

The source added: “Between August 2018 and last week, we have been dragged to court 639 times on matters relating to the conduct of party primaries.

”We have received about 584 requests for Certified True Copy (CTC) of documents. We also have 186 protests and petitions from aggrieved persons.

“The management of litigations is going to be a big issue in February election.”

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