- INEC spokesman in Sokoto, Malam Abubakar Musa, has said that not less than 56 local observers will be on ground for the general polls
- Musa also said that foreign bodies like ECOWAS, African Union (AU), European Union (EU) will be among those to monitor the elections
- He appealed to voters and other stakeholders to cooperate with INEC in ensuring the success of the exercise
No fewer than 56 domestic observers will monitor the presidential and National Assembly elections in Sokoto state.
Malam Abubakar Musa, the public relations officer of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Sokoto, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday, February 15, in the state.
Musa said the 56 domestic observers were from various organisations in the country and had fulfilled all the legitimate processes with the commission.
He said a handful of International observers from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), African Union (AU), European Union (EU) were part of the foreign observers that would monitor elections in the state.
He appealed to voters and other stakeholders to cooperate with INEC in ensuring the success of the exercise.
NAN report that Abubakar Sadiq, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Sokoto, had said 1,726,887 eligible voters in the state were expected to vote in the elections.
Sadiq said 1,892,378 Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) were received from INEC headquarters out of which 1,726,887 were distributed while 155,958 PVCs were unclaimed in the state.
According to him, the unclaimed PVCs will be deposited at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for safekeeping.
He assured that INEC was determined to ensure free, transparent and fair elections, and urged the people to continue to pray for the successful conduct of the exercise.
The REC said the distribution of materials to respective local government areas of the state had commenced.
He also said all vehicles conveying election materials to designated destinations were tracked with modern gadgets to prevent diversion.
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The REC had explained that special arrangements had been made to take care of physically challenged persons to enable them exercise their franchise without hitch.
According to him, INEC has trained and recruited 17,000 ad-hoc staff, mostly National Youth Service Corps members and students of higher institutions to serve during the exercise.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna would be holding a meeting with observers for the presidential and National Assembly elections in the state.
Although it was not known what the said meeting will be on, reports reveal that the observers, alongside some security agents, arrived the state capital on Friday, February 15.
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