…As 4, 202 police personnel deployed to man collation centres, PU, others
Solomon Attah ,Lafia
Two days to the Presidential and National Assembly elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (NEC) has begun the distribution of sensitive materials ahead of the exercise to the 13 Local Government Areas of Nasarawa State.
Uthman Ajidagba, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, who Briefed newsmen after inspecting the materials at the Lafia office of the Central Bank of Nigeria, said the items were adequate and sorted out according to the various local government areas of the state.
The REC explained that, the materials are comprising of ballot papers, result sheets and Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), and was customized according to each of the 3245 polling units in the state.
“We are 100 per cent ready administratively to conduct the election across over 3, 245 polling units in the state.
“The sensitive materials would be delivered to INEC local government offices, where they would be moved to the various Registration Areas ahead of the Saturday, February 25 general election.”
“The headquarters of INEC had already sent all the materials needed for the conduct of the election to us in the state.
“We are not lacking any material as they were already supplied to us and we started distributing them to headquarters of Local Government Areas today,” Ajidagba added.
The INEC Resident Commissioner in the state also reassured that the election would hold as scheduled.
He disabused the mind of those thinking the election would not hold as day dreaming and advised them wake up and face reality.
He however assured that, INEC would deliver a credible, free, fair and the most transparent election that would reflect the choice of the people in the election.
Maiyaki Muhammad-Baba, the state Commissioner of Police said, his men as well as personnel of other sister agencies are fully ready to ensure that the election hold in all parts of the state as scheduled.
The CP added that, the police in particular had deploy personnel to all the 3, 245 Polling units in the state to ensure that the exercise witness hitch free.
According to Muhammad-Baba, 4, 202 personnel have been deployed to man INEC offices, collection centres and polling units against those who want to cause problem.
He therefore warned hoodlums planning to disrupt the election to stay clear or risk the full wrath of the law.
The distribution of the sensitive materials was done in the presence of security agencies, officials of the various political parties, election observers and some of the candidates participating in the elections.
Already, security personnel deployed to ensure no break of law and order before, during and after the election have barricaded the road leading to the State Headquarters of the Commission in an effort to restrict people’s movement before the D-Day.