EU observer says INEC not ready for election

By Post Nigeria March 28, 2015 17:17

EU observer says INEC not ready for election

The European Union Chief Observer in Nigeria, Mr Santiago Fisas, has stated that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and its officials were not ready to conduct the elections, stressing that necessary materials were not available.

Fisas, who spoke after monitoring the exercise at Model Secondary School, in Maitama district of Abuja, saluted the “courage” of Nigerians to exercise their right to vote.

While stressing the failure of the card reader machine, he maintained that the accreditation of voters for today’s Presidential and National Assembly elections was going too slowly.

“I can tell you that many of the polling units were not ready. And why? Because sometimes the INEC people were not ready, sometimes the materials were not ready. That sort of complicated thing. But now, hopefully, things are going on.

“The machine is a little complicated, obviously to prevent fraud. But sometimes it fails, sometimes you put a finger it fails, you put the next, it says ‘okay’. Even if the machine is failing, it is good for the accreditation.”

The EU Chief said he will remain in Nigeria throughout the elections and “follow up” the process, and that he and his Deputy will return to Nigeria in July to present their recommendations to whoever becomes President.