INEC boss seeks support from NAF to airlift electoral materials and personnel to improve operations

As preparations for the 2023 general elections intensify, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has requested the assistance of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) for transport air transport of electoral material and staff for the smooth running of the polls.

This was contained in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja on Thursday by the NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet.

According to the statement, the INEC Chairman made the request when he paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, at the headquarters of the NAF (HQ NAF), in Abuja.

In addition, Prof. Yakubu has also sought the assistance of NAF to manage the delivery of outstanding election materials for the gubernatorial elections to be held in Ekiti and Osun States in June and July 2022.

According to the President, his visit is primarily aimed at exploring ways to ensure effective collaborative efforts with other stakeholders to address issues related to aspects of mismanagement of election logistics, in which the NAF has a critical role. to play.

According to him, “this will be extended to other armed forces in our determination to effectively deliver materials and serve Nigerians more effectively on election day,” he said.

He noted that the law empowers the commission to seek the support of security agencies and in particular the armed forces to provide materials for the election and protection of election officials. While commending the NAF for its neutrality and professionalism, the INEC Chairman said that the collaboration with the NAF has been extremely beneficial to the electoral process and the consolidation of democracy in Nigeria.

In response, Air Marshal Amao assured the INEC Chairman that the NAF was ready to provide transport aircraft to enable rapid movement of election materials during the 2023 general elections. He commended the INEC for stabilizing the electoral process in Nigeria.

“As the election season gradually resumes, we are aware of the need to coordinate the movement of INEC logistics, such as election materials and personnel, to remote areas in anticipation of the upcoming general elections in February,” he said. 2023. I believe that continued liaison with us is necessary to enable us to integrate INEC activities into our operational plans.

Air Marshal Amao also said that the NAF would continue to provide all necessary assistance and support to make INEC more effective in discharging its constitutional responsibilities. He then ordered that a committee made up of INEC and NAF personnel be formed to coordinate an airlift of election materials and other logistical movements for an itch-free election exercise.

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