INEC To Distribute Political Agents’ Identity Cards with 'QR Code-readable' - Prof. Yakubu


To ensure maximum security and to avoid impersonation by unaccredited persons, the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has concluded plan to distribute political agents’ identity cards 'QR Code-readable' which the printing will be completed this weekend to allow political parties ample time to distribute the cards to their agents.

Prof. Mahmood Yakubu revealed this today, 24th October, 2023 at the quarterly consultative meeting with the Chairmen and other leaders of political parties at INEC Headquarters, Abuja.

The INEC boss who spoke on the issue of candidature, said the Commission is concerned about the spate of recent judgements and orders of court in respect of the nomination, substitution or disqualification of candidates after all the sensitive materials have been printed. 

He added that the reprinting of the materials in compliance with court orders within a short period of time is not only expensive but the management of the process very challenging. 

"Although the Commission has already published the final list of candidates for the three States, four recent court orders have compelled us to review the list. These changes have been reflected in the updated list of parties and candidates on our website. However, this decision is without prejudice to any pending appeal by the affected candidates or their political parties."he noted 

INEC Chairman urged political parties acting individually or collectively through the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) to also appeal to their members, candidates and supporters to maintain peace during the campaign rallies and procession.

"As electioneering campaigns continue to intensify, the Commission reiterates its concern about the spate of violence in the three States involving parties and candidates. I wish to remind you as party leaders that free and fair elections are only possible in an atmosphere of peace. After all, election is a process involving human beings as voters, election officials, observers and the media whose safety is of paramount concern to us."he reiterated 

In his remarks, the Chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Engr. Yabagi Y. Sani said challenged INEC to work diligently in persuading security agencies to play by the rules of engagement and resist the temptation of being used by desperate politicians. The involvement of security agencies in the electoral process, when it becomes unavailable, must be based on professionalism, neutrality, and a commitment to the defense of  democracy, rather than partisan interests.

Engr. Yabagi Y. Sani stressed that citizens must feel secure in their participation in the electoral process, knowing that their safety and security are assured. The present precarious state of insecurity in the country and in particular the three states where the November 11, 2023 off season elections will be taking place poses a real threat to full participation of the citizens in the exercise.

"It is also of paramount importance that INEC ensures the timely and secure delivery of both sensitive and non-sensitive electoral materials to the States. Delays or mishandling of these materials can lead to suspicion and undermine the credibility of the entire election. We must work collaboratively to guarantee that these materials reach their destinations without any hitches.

"As we prepare for the upcoming off-season elections, let us recommit ourselves to the principles of democracy, fairness, and transparency. The challenges we face are not insurmountable, but they require a collective effort from all stakeholders involved in the electoral process. We must uphold the tenets of our democracy and work towards ensuring that the voice of the people is heard and respected through the ballot box.

He therefore, implore all political parties, civil society organizations, and all citizens to play their part in creating an environment that fosters trust and confidence in electoral processes. 'Together, we can ensure that the people's will prevails and that our democracy continues to grow stronger.'

Dignitaries at the meeting were the Chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Chairmen and Leaders of Political Parties, National Commissioners, Secretary to the Commission and Other Senior Officials of the Commission.

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