- Ahead of the governorship and state House Assembly polls, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has started distributing sensitive materials in Niger
- Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Professor Samuel Egwu, said that the materials have been moved to the local government areas
- Egwu said that INEC is willing and prepared to conduct transparent and credible elections in the state
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Niger said it had commenced the distribution of sensitive materials to the 25 local government areas of the state for the governorship and House Assembly elections.
Professor Samuel Egwu, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) branch, Minna on Wednesday, March 6.
Egwu said the electoral materials were moved from the CBN Minna office to the local government areas, accompanied by armed security personnel.
“We had started transportation of electoral materials with Mariga and Suleja Local Government Areas, under tight security cover,” he said.
Egwu said that heavily armed security personnel would escort the materials to the local government areas.
He said that the sensitive materials, comprising ballot papers and result sheets, would be transported under tight security to the 25 local governments for the conduct of elections.
“The timely and transparent distribution of sensitive materials to the various local government areas showed that INEC is willing and prepared to conduct transparent and credible elections in the state,’’ Egwu added.
He said that the sensitive materials which were handed over to INEC by the CBN Minna Branch Controller, Alhaji Musa’u Tulu, were arranged according to each local government area.
NAN reports that the materials were distributed in the presence of representatives of various political parties in the state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that ahead of the governorship and state assembly elections coming up on Saturday, March 9, Nigerians on social media had listed security as their top security concern that need to be addressed.
The February 23 presidential and National Assembly elections were marred with violence in some parts of the country.
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