In spite of the on-going strike action, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has confirmed that the ASUU has agreed to participate in 2019 General Elections.
This is coming after the two ad hoc committees set up to meet ASUU and NLC wrapped up a meeting this afternoon.
The ad hoc committees were set up in a bid to drive some important components of the electoral process.
Prof. Mahmood said,
“The Commission is aware that the conduct of a General Election is the biggest and most complex logistics operation a nation can undertake. Sensitive and non-sensitive materials procured by the Commission must be delivered to almost 200,000 locations nationwide, ranging from the polling units to the various Ward, Local Government, State and the National collation centres for the 1,558 constituencies into which elections will be conducted.
“At the end of the elections, sensitive materials will be retrieved from the same locations. The same process will be repeated for each of the two phases of the 2019 General Elections, namely the Presidential and National Assembly elections holding on 16thFebruary and the Governorship, State Assembly and Area Council election in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on 2ndMarch.
“For the 2019 General Elections, the Electoral Logistics Committee will be responsible for coordinating logistics support as well as the clearance and transportation of election materials to various locations nationwide. The Committee includes relevant security agencies whose roles are clearly defined in Section 29(3) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).”