Eno-Obong Okon, Uyo.
The Independent National Electoral Commission has said that it is doing everything possible to promote peaceful, violent free and Credible elections during the February polls as the 2011 elections were by no means perfect.
The Akwa Ibom State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Barr. Austin Okojie who made this known in Uyo on Monday at a stakeholders Forum said if the outcome of Election was conflict-ridden, the essence of deepening democracy, as well as the credibility of electoral process would be undermined.
According to him, INEC has put in place some principles in preparation for the 2015 elections to consolidate the gains of 2011 elections and prevent a reoccurence of its weaknesses.
He said the commission has also completed the consolidation and de-duplication of biometric Register of voters which has improved the integrity of the register, better than that with which the 2011 elections were conducted.
According to him, the 2011 elections had sent some lessons to the commission which it had worked on and improved upon in working towards next months polls.
In his words, “Some key lessons we learnt from the 2011 elections and those reviews that followed include: Good elections require adequate and timely planning, good elections are about openness, despite all the encomiums, the elections were by no means perfect.”
Okojie stated that non-sensitive election materials would be in place at the different local government areas at least a week before the elections to avoid errors of past elections, as well as ensure smooth process of voting.
The REC said that against the record of Permanent voters Card distributed few weeks ago, the commission has at present distributed a total number of 1,328,715 cards out of 1,458,780 received by the commission, which represented 91.4% of the total number.
He emphasised that the introduction of the card reader by INEC would check fraud and make the votes count, adding that the state has received 3,813 card readers to be configured and given to every poling unit.

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