jegaAs part of its efforts to check malpractices at Saturday’s polls, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has resolved to dispatch to the polling units ballot papers based on the number of Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, collected by the electorates in each voting centre.
This was disclosed yesterday in Ibadan by Resident Electoral Commissioner in Oyo State, Ambassador Rufus Akeju.
He pledged to work with security agencies to provide a better security arrangement for the elections on Saturday.
In his opening remark at a meeting of Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on election security in the conference room of INEC, Akeju said the committee would provide better security for the elections because it is “seen as grassroots elections with diverse interests and cleavages which are closer to the people.”
He said that 12 political parties would present candidates for the governorship position while 14 parties would feature 265 candidates for the 32 seats in the House of Assembly.
Akeju said that the ballot papers would be distributed on the basis of PVCs collected by the voters, stressing that, “this is aimed at preventing electoral malpractice that may occur with the excess ballot papers.
“Let me state at this juncture that smart card readers will be fully deployed and utilised for this election. Whenever a card reader malfunctions, a replacement from the contingency arrangement will be provided.
“Arrangements are in place to re-train all categories of personnel to be deployed on Saturday, including the presiding officers and collation officers. With the security arrangement firmly in place, we are set to conduct free, fair and credible Governorship and House of Assembly elections,” he said.
In Anambra State, INEC says it has received all the sensitive and non-sensitive materials for Assembly election in the state. The governorship poll will not take place in the state because the current occupant of the office was elected last year.
The Commission’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Frank Egbo, told newsmen in Awka that the materials were ready for distribution to local government headquarters.
Meanwhile, the Anambra State Police Command has reiterated its readiness to ensure that the upcoming election is hitch-free.
The police warned troublemakers to steer clear from the polling units and collation centres.
The command’s Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Uche Eze, emphasised that the measures put in place during the presidential polls were still intact.
He appealed to parents and guardians to warn their children and wards against engaging in any act capable of causing problem during the exercise.
Also yesterday, INEC and stakeholders in Lagos State met to fine-tune strategies for the polls.
The state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Akin Orebiyi, expressed regrets over the issues encountered during the conduct of the March 28 presidential election and promised that the problems which led to failure of card readers had been addressed.
He directed that all political campaigns must stop by midnight tomorrow and warned that candidates or party agents caught campaigning on Election Day would be arrested by security agents.


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