Jega: I prefer to retire in June

Prof. Attahiru Jega, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral  Commission (INEC) has indicated his preference for a return to the classroom at the expiration of his tenure in June, 2015. 
He said: “Five-year period is enough to do one’s best to allow other people to come in. But man proposes, God disposes. It is a unique opportunity to conduct two consecutive elections. I thank the Almighty God for this opportunity. 
My personal preference is that after June, I will be back to my classroom.”

The INEC chairman also said election might hold at displaced people’s camps in areas where Boko Haram is wreaking havoc.
He said they would work on the possibility of organizing people in the camps to enable them vote though

he said the commission requires the support of other stakeholders to accomplish the plan. 

He disclosed this at a Channels television programme, Straight Talk with Kadaria, yesterday.
Jega also affirmed that the Permanent Voter Card (PVC) being used for the election cannot be cloned.

He said the cards are difficult to clone because of the built-in features. The features include fingerprint, photographs and card-reading chips.

“Even though cloning is conceivable, such cards, if ever produced, can’t be read by our card reader.

Jega also promised that all citizens who registered for election would be able to collect their PVC.

Jega expressed strong confidence that the producer of the cards would make cards of all registered voters available before the February 14presidential and National Assembly elections.

“I feel confident that all those who registered will have their cards.” He said

On the allegation that the DSS has hacked its database, Jega denied If it happens, he said in-house people are responsible but quickly pointed out that internal security features will make it extremely difficult.

“It is virtually impossible for anybody to clone our cards and it is impossible to vote in February with it because our card reader can not read such in case there is any.”

We have not made our database accessible to anybody or agency. DSS only came to investigate. It is false that DSS has access to our database.”

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