The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Lagos State on Wednesday hosted the Senate Committee on INEC in continuation of the committee’s oversight visit to assess its preparedness for 2019 General Elections.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the committee, led by its Chairman, Suleiman Nazif, was received by Adelani Asade, INEC’s Administrative Secretary on behalf of the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Sam Olumekun.
According to Mr Nazif, the visit was aimed at stock taking, inventory, assessment and appraisal of the funds and appropriation of the commission for an enhanced, free, fair and credible elections.
He said that the committee engaged the commission on the general level of preparedness for the 2019 elections, rate of PVCs collection and outcome of the public display of voter registers.
The senator added that the committee was interested in the training and retraining of Smart Card Readers’ operators and peculiar modalities put in place to ensure credibility and success of all elections.
Mr Nazif said the rate of interface and engagement with relevant stakeholders, especially security and international observers, as well as the challenges and issues hampering on smooth operations of the commission were of concern to the committee.
The committee, after a tour of the INEC facilities, frowned at the commission’s storage facilities for Card Reader Machines and the huge number of uncollected Permanent Voters Cards in the state.
Mr Nazif said: “Having gone round your offices, I am quite impressed with what I have seen.