Professor Attahiru Jega, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, on Wednesday, September 3, said the commission would consider ways to collaborate with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN on the printing of electoral materials for upcoming elections.
Professor Jega said this in Abuja, while receiving the governor of the CBN, Godwin Emefiele, who paid him a visit.
Professor Jega, while recognizing that the CBN had been a 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 terms of securing sensitive election materials for the commission.
The INEC chairman also extolled the apex bank for its services, adding, “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.”
The CBN governor said the visit was in accordance with the directive given by President Goodluck Jonathan that printing of all security materials be done in the country.
He said, “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 reiterated that the Nigeria Security Printing and Minting Company was seeking ways 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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