2019 election: INEC to hire donkeys, bicycles in Gombe state

2019 election: INEC to hire donkeys, bicycles in Gombe state

- Hired donkeys, bicycles and motorcycles would be used by INEC to distribute election materials in Gombe state

- INEC's Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state said there was provision for braille ballot papers for the physically challenged people to vote

- According to Umar Ibrahim, the commission had made adequate arrangements in terms of security and conducted massive voter education

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is to hire donkeys and bicycles to distribute election materials in hard-to-reach areas of Gombe state.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports Alhaji Umar Ibrahim, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, made this known in an interview with newsmen in Gombe on Friday, February 15.

Ibrahim said the difficult terrains were villages located in Yamaltu-Deba and Shingom local government areas of the state.

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"We will hire donkeys, bicycles and motorcycles to distribute election materials. This is because some of the areas lack access routes and INEC has made adequate arrangements in the area of logistics as well as other areas," he said.

Ibrahim said the commission had made adequate arrangements in terms of security and conducted massive voter education.

He noted that there was provision for braille ballot papers for the blind and the lepers could use their legs to vote.

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Ibrahim said INEC also made provision for magnifier for those that have problem with their sight. He also said the commission mounted tracking system and monitors for the election process.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that INEC 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, 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.

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