Nigeria: We're 98% Ready for Saturday's Polls in Ekiti - INEC

Atiku Abubakar vs Muhammadu Buhari.
21 February 2019

Ahead of tomorrow's Presidential and National Assembly elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), yesterday expressed its readiness for the elections, saying that substantial part of the election materials have been deployed to all the 16 local government areas of Ekiti State.

Some of the items distributed under the watch of security agents, include, smart card readers, ballot papers, result sheets and several other forms meant for the conduct of the elections.

Addressing journalists on the preparedness of the electoral body for the polls in Ado Ekiti yesterday, the state INEC Acting Resident

Electoral Commissioner , Dr Muslim Omoleke assured the electorate and politicians that the election materials will be adequately distributed.

Omoleke who doubles as the commission's Administrative Secretary in the state, disclosed that the vehicles that conveyed the electoral materials were tracked and monitored through a Special Centre called Electoral Operation Support Centre (EOSC) to ensure that they get to the right place.

The INEC boss who noted that the state office was 98 per cent ready for the conduct of the elections having received virtually all the materials added that adequate security were on grounds to monitor the materials to the councils and from there to the wards and registration areas while the vehicles were also tracked to their respective destinations.

He said the commission was working round the clock and leaving no stone unturned towards achieving timely and hitch-free exercise.

He said, "The reason for the postponement of the election was basically that of logistic problem. As we speak, we have distributed all the materials, both sensitive and non-sensitive materials to the local governments from where they were moved to the wards and registration areas.

"Virtually all the materials have been offloaded as at 11am this morning (Thursday). To make the elections credible, we are going to do refresher training for our ad hoc staff on Friday to remind them about the rules of the game. We created Electoral Operation Support Centre (EOSC) to monitor events and ensure that materials get to the right places. We also have people working in the situation room who have all the numbers of the staff on the field, especially the Presiding Officers. We are also working with the security agencies, the police, NIA and NSCDC and the military, who have been guarding our materials. We are 100 per cent sure that our materials are intact and safe."

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