INEC on Monday held a town hall meeting with stakeholders involved in the 2015 electoral process. The meeting afforded the stakeholders and members of the public the opportunity to ask the commission questions bordering on its preparedness for the general elections.
The Chairman of INEC, Prof Attahiru Jega led other top officials of the commission to the event. Jega, who responded to most of the questions clarified some misconceptions concerning the elections.
On the failure of card readers, Jega says it has been agreed with political parties that accreditation will be suspended if a card reader fails and that a new card reader will be replaced within the time frame of the accreditation. He added that accreditation time will be extended to cover for the lost time.
On the on provision of security for the elections and arguments for/against the deployment of soldiers, Jega noted that role of the military, as defined in the constitution, is for the them to provide support to civil authorities if there is a breakdown of law and order.
He stated the military participated in the 2011 election within the confines of the constitution to provide military support to the police if there is breakdown of order.
On the clamour for his resignation, he maintained that he was not ready to step down from the job, saying doing that at this period would be a disservice to the nation. He insisted he has not committed any offence to warrant him to resign.