INEC introduces tracking device for monitoring election materials

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has introduced a new innovation that will help track the location and movement of vehicles carrying sensitive election materials to its location.

This was made known in a tweet on Thursday via the official Twitter handle of the electoral commission, @inecnigeria.

“New innovation. For the first time, INEC is able to track all vehicles carrying sensitive materials to locations real time from departure, en route and arrival. See a snapshot of the tracking screen,” the tweet read.

The tweet, which was followed by a hash tag ‘Ekitidecides2018’, indicated that the new innovation will be introduced at the Ekiti governorship election scheduled for Saturday.

Recall that the commission had begun the distribution of sensitive materials ahead of  Saturday’s  gubernatorial election.

DAILY NIGERIAN 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.

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.