- With less than 24 hours to the presidential election, INEC says it is fully prepared
- The commission said materials needed for the conduct of the election have been distributed across the country
- On Saturday, February 16, parties and politicians will test their political acceptability as Nigerians vote for their president and lawmakers
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expressed satisfaction with its preparation for the highly anticipated presidential and National Assembly elections, which will hold on Saturday, February 16.
Speaking on Thursday, February 14, on the readiness of the commission, Daily Trust reports that the INEC’s national commissioner and chairman of information and voter education committee, Festus Okoye, disclosed that all hands are on deck to ensure the credible conduct of the polls.
The commissioner also said smart card readers and the ballot boxes have been dispersed to 774 local governments together with the cubicles and other electoral materials.
Okoye said: "We are airlifting election materials for both the presidential and National Assembly elections. Some of the airlifts were from Abuja to Port Harcourt and Kano. And some of the contingents were conveying their materials from Kano.
"For instance the materials for Jigawa and Kano and other areas there were taken from Kano airport. The Central Bank gave them truck to transport them from Kano airport to the various destinations.
"The materials for the south-south were delivered to the Port Harcourt Airport. It is massive operation. Most of these materials were heavy and it is only cargo airplanes that can airlift them to their various destinations."
On partnership with the Nigerian Air Force, Okoye said the commission is strongly partnering with the Nigeria Air Force as they are the ones with most of the aircraft that can do the shuttles.
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"As at today (yesterday) the Nigerian Air force were using their C-130 and Hercules aircrafts.
"So we are engaged in massive operations for the past three days till this night (last night). Our hope and prayer is that we will complete the airlift of the materials to all the states of the federation by tomorrow (today) morning so that the distribution to the local governments can be completed too," he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that with hours left to the presidential and National Assembly general elections, the Kano police command on Thursday, February 14, said it impounded 17 sacks containing thumb-printed ballot papers in Sabon Gari area of Kano.
The ballot papers, according to report, had already been thumb-printed on the box of the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC).
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