Thursday, May 13, 2021

Ekiti poll: Tight security as INEC begins distribution of sensitive materials


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Thursday afternoon began the distribution of sensitive  materials ahead of  Saturday’s  gubernatorial election.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the materials were being moved from the Ado Ekiti branch of the Central Bank of Nigeria  to the headquarters of each of the 16  local government  councils amid tight security.

NAN reports that as  at 1 pm on Thursday, long queues of  INEC delivery vans were sighted at the Ado Ekiti branch of the apex bank  waiting to collect the materials.

Armed men of the Nigeria police, who were at the distribution venue,  cordoned-off the premises throughout the period the exercise lasted.

The spokesman of INEC in the state, Taiwo Gbadegesin,  confirmed the development to NAN.

He said apart from ensuring tight security in the transportation of the materials, the commission was also tracking all the vehicles conveying them.

” All we are doing is to maintain our stand on transparency and openness even as we also guard  against infiltration

” The other reason why we are keeping to our plans and programmes is that we do not want  failure, especially on issues concerning late arrival of voting materials at all venues,’’  he said.




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