Ahead of the Saturday’s governorship and State House of Assembly elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Niger State has commenced the distribution of sensitive materials to the 25 local government areas of the state.
The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, in the state, Prof. Samuel Egwu, made the disclosure while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, at the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, branch in Minna on Wednesday.
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.’’
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. (NAN)