Thursday, 4 September 2014

CBN to print electoral materials for 2015 elections

CHAIRMAN, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, on Wednesday, said the commission would explore ways to collaborate with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on the printing of electoral materials for the elections.
This came contrary to rumours doing the round that INEC would print electoral materials for the election abroad.

Professor Jega disclosed this in Abuja, on Wednesday, while receiving in audience the governor of the CBN, Mr Godwin Emefiele, who paid him a visit.

Professor Jega, while acknowledging that the CBN had been strategic partner of the commission in ensuring free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria, pointed out that since 2011, the CBN had provided services in term of securing sensitive election materials for the commission.

He applauded the apex bank for its services, adding that “I assure you that INEC is willing to discuss the proposal and will continue to explore more ways to collaborate with CBN and look at global picture in terms of what is best for the country.

“INEC and CBN will continue to partner and I hope that the interest of the larger society should be up most.”

Speaking earlier, the CBN governor had said the visit was in line and in tandem with directive by President Goodluck Jonathan that printing of all security materials be done in the country.
According to him, “we have come to collaborate with INEC to ensure that the objectives of ensuring that the printing of materials, as well as transportation of materials from the printing press to the various voting centres, are discussed.”

He noted that the NIigeria Security Printing and Minting Company was seeking way through which it could work with INEC, particularly in the area of printing of security documents, especially as it concerns 2015 elections.

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