Rescheduled polls: INEC begins movement of sensitive materials to 16 Ekiti LGs

By Ariwodola Idowu
Ado Ekiti, Feb. 20, 2019   The Independent National Electoral Commission  (INEC) in Ekiti  on Wednesday began movement of sensitive materials for Saturday’s rescheduled Presidential and National Assembly elections  to the 16 local government areas.

The News Agency of Nigeria  reports that  sorting and distribution of the materials took place at the temporary site of the state branch of  the Central Bank on the State Secretariat Road, Ado Ekiti.

Among the items distributed  were card readers, ballot papers, result sheets, and different forms and registers.

Representatives of leading political parties such as the PDP and APC were on hand to monitor the distribution exercise.

Dr Muslim Omoleke, the INEC Administrative Secretary in the state, who doubles as the Acting Resident Electoral Commissioner, said it was part of  proactive measures devised by the commission to  ensure a hitch-free exercise.

He said the exercise,  which began about 2.00 p.m on Wednesday,  would be concluded  before the close of work on Thursday.

Omoleke assured that the commission was not leaving any stone unturned toward achieving a timely and hitch-free exercise.

NNN reports that the adjoining  roads leading to the apex bank were barricaded by stern looking mobile policemen keeping vigil.

Speaking on the development, the PDP representative at the Central Bank, Mr Oluwalafe Sunday,  expressed satisfaction that all the sensitive materials were intact and distributed accordingly.

His APC counterpart, Mr Garuba Arogundade,  also expressed satisfaction with the  process.

He said his only area of concern was that INEC should have started the distribution days earlier so as not to be under pressure.

Also commenting, the MEGA Party representative, Mr Femi Oladipo,  commended INEC for making efforts to live up to its promise of making sure all election materials got to polling booths on record time on the day of the election.
(Edited by Chidi Opara/Mufutau Ojo)