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I swear, March 28 poll must hold -Jega



The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega has restated that next week’s elections will hold as scheduled.

This is even as the electoral boss revealed that with less than 10 days to the scheduled presidential election, the commission is yet to print about 500, 000 copies of the Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC).

He said: “We are adequately prepared for the rescheduled elections, I have not seen any indication from anywhere for further postponement.”

Jega who made the disclosure at a dialogue session he had with the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room in Abuja on Wednesday, said the contract for printing of the remaining PVCs was awarded to an indigenous firm that is based in the Federal Capital Territory.

Prof. Jega explained that the inability of the Abuja firm to print and deliver the voter cards on time was due to the fact that it ran out of “blank cards” for the production.

The INEC boss described the development as regrettable, even as he assured Nigerians that all the PVCs that will be used for the impending elections will be ready for distribution before Sunday.

With regard to security, Jega said: “No public officer should be accompanied by armed or uniformed security to the polling unit on the Election Day”.

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