Prof Attahiru Jega, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), again communicated his efforts in conducting the Nigerian general elections as scheduled but said that only the military could guarantee the sanctity of the March 28 and April 11 dates, according to Punch. Jega, who appeared before the Senate to explain the level of INEC’s preparedness for the elections, but alramed the lawmakers when he revealed that the commission is yet to receive about one million Permanent Voter Cards from the manufacturers.
In response to a question by the Minority Leader, Senator George Akume, to provide a clear assurance on the general elections scheduled dates, Jega replied:
“I think it is a very difficult question to answer.
“I have said consistently that there are things under the control of electoral commission and there are things that are not under the control of electoral commission. For things that are under our control, I can give definite and categorical assurances.
“On what is not under our control, it is futile, it is fruitless and useless to give a definite guarantee on them. I think that question should be directed appropriately. The questions of security, I will leave it, I don’t think I am competent to answer it sufficiently.”