In advance of the general election in 2023, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), according to a National Commissioner, will explain the true situation on Tuesday.
This was said by INEC officials as they discussed how prepared the security services were to deploy for the poll.
He voiced concern over the violent demonstrations that have occurred in the nation as a result of the Central Bank of Nigeria’s redesign of Nigeria’s currency (CBN).
On the condition of anonymity, the INEC official told The Sun that the security agencies had not responded in a manner that is appropriate with INEC’s efforts to organize the poll peacefully.
He further stated that even though the INEC is ready for the presidential and National Assembly election this week, it will, however, wait for the response from the security agencies.
The Commissioner said, “I can confirm to you that the commission is ready to conduct the presidential and National Assembly election as scheduled. Sensitive and non-sensitive materials have been deployed to all the states. The Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) machines have been configured and deployed to the appropriate places.
“We are ready to go; however, what I cannot confirm is whether we will get commensurate commitment from the security agencies especially as it concerns the security situation in the country. You can see the recent protests in some states, they need to deal with this situation.”
Speaking on the promise of CBN to help INEC with cash to offset some logistics, he said without the aid of the apex bank, the commission will face some difficulties.
He added, “We will meet with the chairman to brief us about the situation with the arrangements with the CBN over our cash requests. If we did not get favourable responses over these issues of insecurity and cash support, we will inform Nigerians during a world press conference.”