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Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega yesterday clarified on the issue of the ballot papers for rerun presidential polls which is already in the country.Briefing newsmen on the conduct of the National Assembly election, Jega said the commission is in possession of all the materials for next week’s presidential election including ballot papers for runoff.
Explaining why runoff ballot papers for presidential election arrived before ballot for the main election, Jega said “It is true that we had challenges with the contract for the presidential ballot papers. We identified one of the best companies in the world and gave them the contract for both the main presidential main and presidential rerun.”
He said the company began the process of producing the ballot papers but when INEC changed some of the security features on the ballot papers, the contractors could not deliver the ballot for the presidential main but has produced the ballots for the runoff presidential election.
“Every election management body that conduct election, if you are printing presidential or gubernatorial you must simultaneously print for rerun because you don’t want a situation in which if it becomes necessarily to do a rerun you have to now run helter-skelter to produce ballot papers,” Jega said.
He said all materials for the presidential election are now ready saying “by the time we hold the presidential election next week, the issue of shortage will not arise. We are in possession in all materials.”
On the conduct of the election, Jega said the process witnessed tremendous improvement saying challenges that have been witnessed during yesterday’s polls will be addressed before the presidential election.
The INEC chairman also visited the victims of the Suleja bomb blast saying the commission’s regular and ad-hoc staffs affected by the blast are covered by insurance scheme.