The Inter-Party Advisory Council, IPAC, has expressed confidence in the ability of INEC President Professor Mahmoud Yakubu to conduct free, fair and credible elections using the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS and the Voter Viewing Portal. INEC, IREV results for the general elections.
IPAC Chairman Alhaji Yagbagi Sani made this claim in Abuja after an emergency meeting of the General Council of leaders of the eighteen registered political parties organized to assess emerging threats to the 2023 general election.
Alhaji Sani, said that despite attacks on commission offices in some parts of the country that destroyed confidential and non-confidential election materials and other property, including Zamfara, Imo, Ebonyi, Ogun, Osun, Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Jigawa , FCT, Ondo , Abia States.
He also noted the enormous costs of replacing them immediately, INEC remained steadfast and courageous in deploying technology in conducting the general elections.
He said that all the political presidents of IPAC reaffirmed in the meeting their confidence in the INEC to carry out the 2023 elections and that the position of the commission on the deployment of technology in the holding of the 2023 general elections coincided with the position of IPAC.
”IPAC is satisfied with the preparations, arrangements and steps taken so far by the commission to conduct free, fair, credible and transparent, inclusive, peaceful and generally acceptable elections, in particular its decision to implement the Voter Accreditation System Bimodal, BVAS and the INEC, IReV results visualization portals to upload the results of the voting unit in real time on election day.”
Alhaji Sani said that IPAC would resist any attempt to jeopardize the ongoing electoral process that would deepen and strengthen the nation’s democracy.
He called on Nigerians to take action to protect and defend their hard-won democracy since May 29, 1999 by eliminating electoral malpractices.
Represented by IPAC National Secretary, Alhaji Yusuf Dantalle, he said that IPAC was concerned about the level of insecurity in the country.
In a comment, the national chairman of the Zenith Labor Party and its presidential candidate, Chief Dan Nwanyanwu, said the decision to support INEC was a collective one and urged all candidates to embark on an effective campaign and proper preparation for the elections. .
Accord Party National Chairman Alhaji Lawan Nalado expressed confidence that the use of technology will bring more credibility to the nation’s electoral process.
Reporting by Ogochukwu Okoronkwo; Edited by Oluwaseyi Ajibade and Julian Osamoto and Adeniyi Bakare