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INEC Was Ready for Feb 14 Polls, NSA Forced Shift – Jega Tells Senators

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The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, insisted on Wednesday that the Commission was set for the now postponed February 14 presidential and National Assembly elections.

Jega said it was the National Security Adviser, retired Colonel Dasuki Sambo, and the Service Chiefs that forced the postponement of the elections.

Jega spoke when he appeared before the Senate to display the workings of the Permanent Voter Cards and Card Reader Machines.

Jega said both electoral instruments are in accordance with the Electoral Laws.

The INEC boss said the Card Reader Machines can work for 12 hours without electricity.

He said it had been tested in 13 states.

According to him, INEC is empowered to change the Temporary Voter Cards with the PVCs.

He said the six weeks period of extension for the election will further ensure free and fair elections.

Jega tested the use of the PVC and the Card Reader Machines with the PVC of Senator Bukura Yerima.

As soon as the PVC was slotted into the Card Reader Machine, it displayed the photograph of Yerima, who is from Zamfara State.

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