2019 Polls: INEC, senate on collision course over timetable


  • We ‘ll be guided by constitution, not senate, on timetable for 2019 polls

The independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) on Monday said that its timetable for the 2019 poll would be guided by the relevant provisions of the 1999 Constitution and the 2010 Electoral Act other than the resolution of senate.

INEC had earlier issued a temporary timetable with plans to conduct the presidential and National Assembly elections first.

But the Senate had reviewed the INEC’s timetable and came out with a resolution that the presidential election should come last.

But at a quarterly media interaction at the commission’s headquarters on Monday, Chairman of the INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu said it would not be guided by the senate’s opinion as he insisted that the commission’s position was based on constitutional provisions, particularly the 2010 Electoral Act as amended.

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“The constitution has empowered us to conduct elections at our convenience so we are going ahead with our elections as planned,” he said

He expressed worry about vote buying by politicians saying the commission was taking steps to curtail the menace.

Yakubu said INEC has finished preparations for the conduct of the 2019 general elections with the validation of election project plan, adding that it has procured more Direct Data Capture Machines (DDCM) to speed up the process.

Meanwhile, INEC has assured political parties and aspirants jostling for the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State that cases of underage voting won’t be allowed during poll.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Prof. Abdulganiyu Raji who spoke through the commission ‘ s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Taiwo Gbadegesin also regretted that about 215,000 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) are yet to be collected by owners few months to election.