Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, says the commission is fully prepared to conduct free, fair and credible elections in 2019.
The INEC chair said this while briefing reporters on Wednesday after meeting with the Northern Traditional Rulers Council in Kaduna State.
According to him, the electoral body is not just ready for the general polls but is better prepared than it did for the 2015 elections.
“Let me assure the nation that we are really truly prepared for the elections. We started the countdown long time ago,” he said.
“With 58 days to the elections, with 50 per cent of the activities outlined in the Timetable and Schedule of Activities; we are actually better prepared for the 2019 general elections than at a comparable time in 2014 for the 2015 general elections.”
“We are fully ready for the elections.”
On the controversy in some political parties over names of candidates submitted to the commission ahead of the polls, the INEC chairman said the electoral body would only recognise candidates validated by the court.
“We have always obeyed court orders, we will continue to obey court orders,” Yakubu said.
“This INEC has a record of absolute obedience to orders of court and will continue to obey court orders going into 2019.”