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As the 2019 general elections hinges closer, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has assured Nigerians, Commonwealth and the international community of its readiness to deliver free, fair and credible elections, as INEC will ensure Nigerians votes counts.

Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made this known during a meeting with the Commonwealth Election Observation Team, at INEC’s headquarters yesterday.

Prof. Yakubu, while appreciating the Commonwealth team for honouring the Commission’s invitation to observe the country’s election stated that Commonwealth’s recommendations to INEC in the past, especially after the last 2015 general elections has strengthened the processes and implementation in our electoral system.

In his words; “Your report has strengthened the commission in terms of process and implementation, we are assuring Nigerians, the Commonwealth and the international community that February 16th and other elections after it, will be free, fair and credible. We are committed to ensure Nigerians’ votes counts”

The INEC Chairman speaking further said, “In the last general elections, you made thirty two (32) recommendations and after critical studies, we have implemented those we can and those we have not done have to go through the legislative process.

“We have implemented the simultaneous accreditation and voting. 194 off season elections conducted so far. The method of voting in the 2019 election is continuous accreditation and voting, your report has strengthened the Commission in terms of processes and implementation.”

Professor Yakubu reminded the team of their role in the electoral process as purely to observe and not to monitor, “You are here to observe and not to monitor and you are deploying personnel to strategic states and the geo-political zones,” he added.

Earlier in his own remark, former Tanzanian President and leader of the group, Dr Jakaya Kikwete, said the team came to hear the level of preparedness of INEC to conduct the elections.

“We are going to deploy commissions to some part of the country as we cannot cover it all. Nigeria is a vast country, thereafter, we’ll submit our interim report and the final report,” he said.

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