- Sensitive election materials of the INEC have been moved to its Lagos state headquarters
- One of the security operatives who was at the office said his men were told not to allow anybody into the premises
- The state public relations officer of the INEC, Femi Akinbiyi, said officials of the commission have started receiving election materials from the Central Bank of Nigeria
Security was tight at the Lagos state headquarters of INEC in Yaba on Wednesday, February 13, as the commission took delivery of sensitive election materials ahead of the forthcoming general polls.
Africa’s most populous nation is scheduled to hold presidential and parliamentary elections on February 16. Nigeria returned to popular democracy 20 years ago after a brutal military era that left infrastructure in ruins.
A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) political correspondent at the INEC office reports that security was tight with heavy presence of security operatives.
Nobody was allowed into the premises of the commission without proper identification with security officials subjecting people to rigorous screening.
Many visitors and some reporters were barred from entering the premises, while workers of the commission were thoroughly screened before being allowed to enter their offices.
Speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak with reporters, one of the security operatives, said his men were told not to allow anybody into the premises.
The Lagos INEC public relations officer, Femi Akinbiyi, said that officials of the commission had started receiving election materials from the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Sam Olumekun, the Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC in Lagos told a stakeholders meeting that the commission would be taking delivery of the materials from Wednesday, February 13.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the INEC released the regulations and guidelines for the conduct of the general elections.
A 33 pages document obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday, January 14, said Smart Card Readers (SCRs) and Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) would be used for the forthcoming elections.
It was gathered that the document revealed that no person shall be allowed to vote at any polling unit/voting point settlement/voting point other than the one at which his/her name appears in the register of voters.
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