Elections 2019: INEC commences distribution of sensitive materials in Kwara

Elections 2019: INEC commences distribution of sensitive materials in Kwara

- The Kwara chapter of INEC has commenced the distribution of sensitive materials to the 16 local government areas in the state

- 257, 431 uncollected PVC's were also returned to the Central Bank of Nigeria, Ilorin branch

- No fewer than 11 political parties’ agents and some election observers monitored the distribution of sensitive materials

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Kwara on Wednesday, February 20 commenced the distribution of sensitive materials to the 16 local government areas in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the first local government to receive INEC’s sensitive materials was Asa.

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Legit.ng gathers that the reports from other local governments such as Barutin and Kaiama in the northern part of the state were still being expected at the time of filling the report.

A total of 1, 149, 969 Permanent Voter Cards (PVC's) were collected by prospective voters, while the 257, 431 that were not collected were returned to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Ilorin branch.

Also, the total of registered voters in the state stood at 1,407, 335.

The resident electoral commissioner in the state, Malam Atahiru Madami, who led journalists to inspect the PVC's said that the return of the cards was to protect the integrity of the process.

Madami said that no electoral officers could go beyond the accredited number of voters in each of the polling units across the state.

According to him, the number of collected PVC's in each of the local government cannot be more than the number of votes cast.

The REC stated that after the governorship election slated for March 9, INEC would resume the distribution of voter cards to potential voters.

He said that Kwara scored 82 percent in PVCs’ collection, adding that the state came third in the exercise.

No fewer than 11 political parties’ agents and some election observers monitored the distribution of sensitive materials and the return of the PVC's not collected to the CBN.

The observers were from: Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as local observers.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that there was mild drama at the CBN branch in Dugbe, Ibadan, Oyo state on Wednesday, as Form EC8B of the Independent National Electoral Commission meant for Kano, surprisingly found its way to the south-west state.

The form, which is the result sheet for a particular ward within a state, is one of the sensitive election materials.

While sorting of the materials was ongoing at the CBN premises around 5:30pm, a group of INEC officials, including ad hoc ones, suddenly raised an alarm over the development.

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