-INEC appoints Amina Zakari, head of 2019 Collation Centre Committee
YBTC NEWS-The independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has appointed Amina Zakari, as the head of its Collation Centre Committee ahead of the February, 2019 General Election.
This was revealed during the swearing-in of the committee and another on logistics by INEC’s chairman, Mahmood Yakubu.
Mrs Amina was first appointed the acting chairman of INEC by President Muhammadu Buhari after the tenure of Attahiru Jega ended and before the current chairman, Mr Yakubu, was appointed.
The chairman of the commission while inaugurating the committee said it was part of preparations for the general elections.
“Today, the Commission is taking another step in our determination to ensure seamless preparations for the 2019 General Elections. As we move closer to the elections, the Commission has decided to set up two (2) ad hoc Committees to drive important components of the electoral process. The first Committee is responsible for electoral logistics,” Mr Yakubu said.
He said the commission was aware that the conduct of a general election is the biggest and most complex logistics operation a nation can undertake, as sensitive and non-sensitive materials must be delivered to almost 200,000 locations nationwide, ranging from the polling units to the various wards, local governments, states and the national collation centres for the 1,558 constituencies in which elections will be conducted.
“For the 2019 General Elections, the Electoral Logistics Committee will be responsible for coordinating logistics support as well as the clearance and transportation of election materials to various locations nationwide.”
“The committee includes relevant security agencies whose roles according to the chairman are clearly defined in Section 29(3) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
“The second ad hoc committee, which is entirely internal to the Commission, would be responsible for the national collation center from where the results of the election will be announced.”
Just as in 2015, INEC said it will use the International Conference Centre ,ICC, in Abuja and that the management of the centre has approved the commission’s request to once again use the venue in 2019.
“It will serve as the secretariat for collation of results and venue for briefing of international observers and the media.
“It will also be accessible to agents of the seventy-three (73) political parties fielding candidates in the presidential election,” he said.
He also said facilities such as power, access to the internet, live transmission for national and international media as well as accreditation for access to the ICC and security of the venue shall be handled by the committee.
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