2019 Elections: INEC constitutes 16-member planning committee

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Thursday inaugurated a 16-member Election Project Plan Committee (EPPC) to coordinate its preparations for the 2019 elections.

A statement signed by the Chairman of INEC Information and Voter Education Committee, Adedeji Soyebi, said the commission also approved the 2017 – 2021 strategic plan for immediate implementation, following approval by stakeholders.

The EPPC’s Terms of Reference are as follows:

1. Coordinate all Departmental and State inputs into the planning of elections

2. Monitor the performance of the two-year budget estimates for the general elections, identify gaps and advise the commission appropriately

3. Produce a comprehensive, valued Election Project Plan (EPP) for the Commission’s approval

4. Ensure the integration of the EPP and the EMS for effective implementation and monitoring

5. Provide quarterly progress report on the implementation of the EPP up to the Election Day.

The Committee members are:

1. Okechukwu Ibeanu, National Commissioner (Chairman)

2. Adekunle Ogunmola, National Commissioner (Member)

3. Abubakar Nahuche, National Commissioner (Member)

4. Bolade Eyinla, Chief Technical Adviser to Hon. Chairman (Member)

5. Mohammad Kuna, Special Adviser to Hon. Chairman (Member)

6. Rotimi Oyekanmi, CPS to Hon. Chairman (Member)

7. Abubakar Momoh, Director General, Electoral Institute (Member)

8. A.T Yusuf, Director, Operations (Member)

9. Chidi Nwafor, Director ICT (Member)

10.Iro Gambo, Director, Voter Registry (Member)

11.Aminu Idris, Director, EPM (Member)

12.Oluwatoyin Babalola, Director, Legal Services (Member)

13.Ruth Endeley, Director, Estate & Works (Member)

14.Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, Director, Voter Education & Publicity (Member)

15.Kenneth Ukeagu, Director, Procurement (Member)

16.Ndeche Okechukwu, Director, Planning & Monitoring (Secretary)

The INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, at a brief ceremony to inaugurate the committee, charged the members to immediately devote themselves to ensuring that the 2019 general elections are better than the previous ones. He also charged them to commence the implementation of the Strategic Plan 2017-2021 and to ensure the actualisation of all its envisaged goals.

He proclaimed that with the inauguration of the committee, and the approval of the strategic plan, the commission “is now in an election mode.”

The Chairman of the Committee, Okechukwu Ibeanu, while thanking the commission for the opportunity to serve, promised that the members would immediately devote themselves to the onerous task of making the 2019 general elections a successful one.

Mr. Ibeanu said the members regard the assignment as a great honour and privilege for which no stone will be left unturned to achieve the commission’s goals.
INEC had in March 2017 announced February 16, 2019, for Presidential and National Assembly elections while Governorship/State Assembly/Federal Capital Territory Area Council polls were slated for Saturday, March 2, 2019.

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