Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, has said that the commission is favourably disposed to contracting the printing of the 2015 electoral materials to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Jega who spoke in in Abuja, on Wednesday, while receiving in audience the governor of the CBN, Mr Godwin Emefiele, who paid him a visit, acknowledged the CBN as a strategic partner of the commission in ensuring free, fair and credible elections.
The INEC bossed disclosed that the CBN had provided services in term of securing sensitive election materials for the commission since 2011.
He said, “I assure you 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.
“INEC and CBN will continue to partner and I hope that the interest of the larger society should be up most.”
The CBN governor had in earlier in his remarks said the visit was in line with directive by President Goodluck Jonathan that printing of all security materials be done in the country.
“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 various voting centres, are discussed,” he said.
He noted that the Nigeria Security Printing and Minting Company (NSPMC) was seeking way through which it could work with INEC, particularly in the area of printing of security documents, especially as it concerns 2015 elections.