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INEC assures winner of Presidential election will be declared speedily 



The Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) has assured Nigerians that the results of Saturday, February 25th, presidential election will be declared as swiftly as possible.

The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, gave this assurance during a media briefing in Abuja on Friday, February 24th.

This assurance was given in light of the fact that  it took the Commission over two days to declare the winner of the 2019 presidential election.

Yakubu however said the Commission will speed up the process of declaring this year’s presidential result.

He said, “I just want to say that we will ensure that it (result declaration) will be done speedily.

“I can’t put a finger on the number of days or number of hours it will take, but it will be done speedily.

“We are aware of the anxiety and the need for us to conclude the process quickly. It will be concluded quickly.”

After the assurance, he went on to say  that the process will not suffer any encumbrance due to the recent cash crunch triggered by the recent naira swap policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

He stated, “It is not all our operations that are paid for by cash.

“In fact, the bulk of our procurement for both goods and services is done electronically.

“But we need a small amount of money to pay for the unbanked who render critical services, particularly at the local level.

“We anticipated this challenge and interacted with the Central Bank; they promised us that the little amount we need to pay for services in cash, they will make the funds available to us and they have done so.

“And these funds have already been accessed by our state offices for elections, which is why the movement of personnel and materials in the last couple of days has gone on unhindered.

“So, I must give credit for our relationship with the Central Bank in that regard.

“The process won’t suffer any encumbrance as a result,” Yakubu assured.

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