The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Zamfara State, Dr Asmau Sani Maikudi has met with some stakeholders in the state to seek their cooperation over the Commission’s Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise and preparations for the 2019 general elections.
Members of the Media Chief Executive Forum in the state paid the REC a courtesy visit on March 20, where they reassured her of their continued support, solidarity and cooperation anytime their services are needed. The REC thanked and assured them of the Commission ‘s resolve to continue to partner with critical stakeholders in the sensitization of the citizens for free, fair and credible electoral activities.
On 27th March, Dr Maikudi met with the executive members of the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) in Zamfara state at the INEC conference Hall in Gusau. She presented the Chairman of IPAC, Alhaji Sani Yusuf Danmasani with a copy of the Commission’s 2017-2021 Strategic Plan and also discussed the on-going CVR exercise, the display of provisional register for claims and objections and the Permanent Voter Card (PVC) distribution.
She also spoke on the allegations of underage registration, party congresses and the Commission’s collaboration with the National Population Commission for collection of data on deaths.
The Chairman of IPAC promised to enlighten the political parties in the state about the Commission’s activities. He also called on all political parties to follow the Commission’s rules, regulations and guidelines for a successful CVR exercise and distribution of PVCs. Alhaji Danmasani said IPAC members in the state were always ready to respond to the summons by the Commission at short notice.
On 28th March, it was the turn of the executive members of the Coalition of Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Zamfara state to meet with the REC. They assured the Commission of their commitment, support and assistance in the area of sensitization, with regard to electoral activities, the ongoing CVR exercise and distribution of PVCs. They expressed a desire to be accredited as domestic observers in the upcoming elections.
Dr Maikudi reiterated INEC’s resolve to conduct free, fair and credible 2019 elections. She also disclosed the Commission’s collaboration with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the National Population Commission (NPC) to ensure a credible 2019 general elections.
Copies of the INEC Strategic Plan 2017-2021 and the 2019 Timetable and Schedule of Activities were presented to the coalition’s Chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Tudu.
On 29th March, the REC received members of United Council for Islamic School Teachers in Zamfara state, who were on a courtesy visit. They called for collaboration with the Commission to enable them sensitize the citizens of the state. The REC assured them that they would be carried along in the sensitization activities of the Commission. Copies of INEC strategic plan 2017-2021 and 2019 Timetable were presented to the Chairman.
Dr Maikudi also paid a courtesy visit to the Director, Department of State Services (DSS) in the state. She solicited for the cooperation and support of the DSS in the area of security, especially with the on-going mobile registration exercise being conducted by INEC Registration Officers.
The Director pledged his readiness to assist the Commission when the need arises. She presented the DSS with copies of the INEC Strategic Plan 2017-2021 and the 2019 Timetable and Schedule of Activities.
She was accompanied by the Administrative Secretary, Mr. Abdullahi Adamu Gujungu and some Heads of Departments.