Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu has assured that the commission is determined to make the 2019 election the best election ever conducted in the country.
Mahmood, who was one of the speakers on Wednesday at the 69th General Assembly of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigerian (B.O.N.). He said INEC officials are already in election mood to ensure that this is vision is achieved.
“We in INEC are already in election mood and we have been reminding ourselves of the timeframe we have until the 2019 general elections.
“We are determined to make the 2019 general elections the best ever in Nigeria. We cannot do it alone as INEC, we need the full support of all stakeholder. Only by working together can we continue to deepen our democracy. Our commitment to the Nigerian people is that only the votes cast in any election will determine the outcome. Nothing more, nothing less,” he said.
The INEC boss also reeled out figures of the number of voters registered so far and the number of political parties registered under INEC.
“The first election will hold on Saturday, February 16, followed two weeks later by the second set of elections on the March 14. This means that from now to the opening of polling units at 8:00 am on Saturday, February 16, 2019, it is exactly 289 days away.
“The total number of registered voters is projected at because we are still registering under the continuous voters’ registration exercise, 80 million for the next general elections. Right now, we have 68 registered political parties.”
Mahmood said conducting the 2019 elections is going to be a huge task. He, however, expressed preparedness and awareness for the huge task.
“It is going to be a huge exercise, very tasking and very challenging. We are fully aware of the enormity of responsibilities on our shoulders when conducting elections,” he added.