Just when many thought they will be getting apology from the Independent National Electoral Commission, its chairman, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu has said Nigerians don’t appreciate the effort of the commission.
According to a report by Punch, the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said this while briefing stakeholders on the reason for the postponement of the general elections which had drawn the ire of Nigerians.
He said between 2015 November when he took over INEC and now, the commission had been able to undertake 195 off-season elections which were successful.
Yakubu said ahead of the postponed elections, the electoral umpire was able to register 14 million new voters, print 421.7 million of ballot papers and 14.28 million Permanent Voter Cards in record time as well as mobilise over one million ad hoc workers which would undertake the elections.
The INEC boss, however, said Nigerians had failed to see these achievements.
Yakubu added, “It is often not appreciated the magnitude of activities that the Commission undertakes during general elections. Not only have we recruited and trained about one million young people to serve as ad hoc staff, but the magnitude of materials mobilised for our elections is also enormous.
For instance, the commission has printed 421.7 million ballot papers for six scheduled elections, as well as 13.6 million leaves of result forms for the Presidential election alone.
“Indeed, managing 91 political parties and 23,316 candidates for whom votes will be cast in 119,973 polling units by over 84 million voters is certainly astounding. No doubt, preparations for the 2019 general elections have been extremely tasking for the commission.