The Chairman Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Mamood Yakubu, says that in his administration, reasonable input would be made to improve on what was inherited from the past, adding that it had about 87 elections to conduct this year, and each one had its own peculiar lessons to be learned.
“By the time we have concluded all these elections with the experience gathered, the 2019 general election will be considered to be perfect,” he said.
The INEC Chairman, has been able to put in place, through internal and external consultations, a strategic Action Plan to guide its operations and the development of some election management tools.
The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mamood Yakubu in an interview with VON INEC Correspondent stated that the action plan also captured the Commission’s effort on the incorporation of the finger print identification system; production of permanent card (PVC); use of smart card readers to authenticate voters, thereby strengthening the voters accreditation process among others.
Other strategic action plans put in place for the improvement of the electoral process were the setting up of a separate inter – agency Consultation Committee on election security and education; development of guidelines for the elections and the involvement of policies to handle internally displaced persons, IDPs, to mainstream the disadvantaged groups.
“There is much improvement in the country’s electoral process through the inclusion of the 2015 electoral strategic action plan which I can tell you has taken us beyond other electoral bodies in Africa. Some of these plans, I inherited them from Professor Attahiru Jega, the former chairman and they are wonderful,” he said.
The Chairman stressed the need for cooperation by all the electoral stakeholders which, he said, stands as the pillar for success in the conduct of elections in the country.
“What we are doing is for the interest of every Nigerian and we believe that we will get the support of Nigerians and the International Community as well,” he said.
The INEC Chairman warned that he would not condone any act capable of truncating the peaceful democratic process through the conduct of elections in the country.
The Commission had also redeployed nine national commissioners and administrative secretaries to various states in the country.