- INEC has said it will begin the deployment of sensitive materials in 31 local government in Akwa Ibom state
- The electoral body said the materials have been labelled according to each local government ahead of the elections
- The chapter of the commission in the state also said it will do everything within its power to ensure a hitch-free exercise
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it will commence distribution of sensitive electoral materials across the 31 local government areas of Akwa Ibom state on Thursday, February 21.
Mike Igini, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state disclosed this on Wednesday, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Igini stated this while addressing political party agents, international observers, and security agencies at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) premises in Uyo.
He said: "Hopefully by tomorrow, we will be moving the sensitive materials from the CBN branch here in Uyo to the 31 LGA’s of the state.
“We have commenced the continuation of what we have been doing in the last few days in preparation of our re-scheduled elections. What you are seeing here is what is left of the materials for the conduct of the rescheduled elections."
He regretted that the commission could not move all the materials as at last Friday, February 15.
The REC said that the materials were labeled according to local government areas. He said the commission had finished configuring 4,353 card readers in the state, saying that all the materials were intact.
“We are doing careful auditing of the ballots. The values that we are known for, that we have defended all through our life, particularly in respect to public service, we have never surrendered the independence of the system to political parties,” he said.
He said that the commission would do everything possible to conduct free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria and in the state.
In his words: “We have always been doing that, there is nothing that can change that, this election is about the people.
“INEC is not on the ballots, INEC is not a competing party, the business of INEC is to provide ambiance and on the part of the security, to provide adequate security that will enable the people to come out and vote."
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Igini promised that the umpire would provide a level playing field for all the candidates and political parties in the state.
He urged the electorates to feel free to come out enmass on Saturday February 23, to exercise their franchise in the presidential and National Assembly elections.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the electoral body started the distribution of sensitive materials for the conduct of February 23 presidential and national assembly elections.
Nkwachukwu Orji, INEC Resident Electoral Officer in Anambra, who supervised the exercise, said it was a repeat of what was done on Thursday, February 14.
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