INEC Materials Storage: We Will Engage In Talks With CBN – Festus Okoy


The Commissioner for Information and Voter Education of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Festus Okoye, has said the commission is still in talks with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to resolve issues over the storage of election materials.

This statement comes weeks after the chairman of the commission, Mahmood Yakubu said that sensitive election materials would no longer be “routed” through the apex bank, as the “current circumstances”, would require an alternative.

This statement by the commission’s boss follows the controversy surrounding the CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele’s political ambition for the top seat of the nation.

Speaking in an interview, Okoye warned that INEC was in for a logistics nightmare if it doesn’t have a form of parley with the CBN over its election materials storage issues, adding that the logistics measures taken in Ekiti and Osun governorship elections will not be sustainable for the general election.

According to him, the commission employed the services of the Nigerian Air force for the logistics of the electoral materials, adding that because of the huge amount of the ballot papers and other sensitive materials, the commission will have a “sit-down” with the CBN to draw out plans for the 2023 elections.

“It’s going to be a huge logistics nightmare. What we intend to do going forward since there are issues with keeping our materials with CBN, we have not had enough opportunity to sit down with the Central Bank to review the entire issue surrounding our moving our material with the Nigerian Air force.”

“We are definitely going to do that. If at the end of the day, we are not satisfied with the arrangement then we are going to look for a new logistics pathway for how to manage logistics during the 2023 elections. But no decision has been made.

“When you have to move materials to 36 states of the federation and the capital territory, it’s a completely different ball game.

“What we did in Ekiti and Osun in terms of the general election will not be sustainable. We need to look for a complete logistics pathway of how to deal with this particular problem.”

“This is because for instance, in the Ekiti governorship election, we had less than a million registered voters. In the Osun governorship election, we were shy of two million registered voters.

“These are stand-alone elections. For the Ekiti election, we utilised the service of the Nigerian Air force and they flew the materials into Akure airport. We did the same thing with the Osun election, and we moved the materials to our state offices.

“But for the 2023 general election, we are going to have over 95 million ballot papers printed for the presidential election. Over 95 million will be printed for the senatorial election; over 95 million papers will be printed for the house of representatives’ election.”

“When you have to move materials to 36 states of the federation and the capital territory, it’s a completely different ball game.”

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