2015: CBN, INEC discuss printing of electoral materials
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) have agreed to work together towards the 2015 elections.
The collaboration is expected to come in the area of printing electoral materials for the poll.
It is a follow up to the directive of President Goodluck Jonathan that the Nigeria Security Printing and Minting Company (NSPMC) be given the first choice of refusa to handle security printing materials either for election or security documents.
The CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele visited INEC’s Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, yesterday to actualise the President’s directive.
The visit is the first since the commission was established 15 years ago.
Jega said the CBN was a strategic partner of INEC in ensuring free, fair and credible elections.
He assured the CBN boss 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.”
Jega said the CBN played a vital role in the last general elections, especially in the area of securing sensitive election materials, adding that “INEC and CBN will continue to partner and I hope that the interest of the larger society is important.
“We in INEC are willing to discuss the business proposals you have come with. We will keep expanding ways and means to the benefit of our society.”
He assured that they would put the larger interest of the country first and discuss things honestly and sincerely so that decisions would be in the interest of the country.
Emefiele said the visit followed the directive of President Jonathan that NSPMC be given the first choice of refusa to handle security printing materials either for election or security documents.
He said NSPMC was seeking a way through which it could work with INEC, particularly in the area of security documents printing and as it affected the printing of documents for the coming elections.
The CBN governor described the visit as “basically a business visit”, adding: “I will crave your indulgence that we don’t stretch it just beyond this business visit.
“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 voting centres are discussed to seek harmonious ways of handling it.”