The Independent National Electoral Commission on Monday stated that it had put in place security measures to protect members of the National Youth Service Corps to avoid a recurrence of the carnage that followed the 2011 election.
The commission which admitted that failure to commence elections at the stipulated time has been a major challenge stated that a lot of things were being done to address the logistic issues before the next general elections.
The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, said these in his paper entitled: “The 2015 general elections: Conversations with Nigeria’s Female Stakeholders,” during a workshop organised by the Nigerian Women Trust Fund at The Electoral Institute, Abuja.
According to him, INEC was putting finishing touches to its preparation towards making the 2015 general elections more credible and transparent.
Jega said the commission is in talks with authorities of the NYSC, with a view to providing addresses of the NYSC camps for the purpose of providing security.
Jega stated that the attacks carried out on the NYSC members deployed for elections in 2011 happened mostly at the NYSC camps and to avoid a repeat, he said the commission “will be providing security to the NYSC camps before and after elections and adequate security will be provided for the adhoc staffs that will be deployed during the election periods.”
He said, “We give assurance that preparations by INEC for the 2015 general elections are proceeding in earnest. Learning from the experiences of 2011 especially regarding the need for early preparations, the commission has undertaken the task of fundamental restructuring of its bureaucracy, established new policies to guide its work and embarked on far-reaching planning of its operations through a strategical plan, an election project plan and an election management system; these are vigorously being implemented.”
The INEC chairman also said that the completion of the consolidating and de-duplicating of the biometric register of voters “now has tremendous integrity, much better than the one with which 2011 elections were conducted.”
He however warned that all the efforts and desire to ensuring free, fair, credible and peaceful elections were not a task that should be left to INEC alone.