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INEC assures of hitch-free poll in Bayelsa


Professor-Mahmood-Yakubu INEC Chairman The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday said it had improved on its logistics and was ready to conduct a hitch-free governorship election in Bayelsa on Dec. 5.

Mr Baritor Kpagih, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, stated this in Yenagoa in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Kpagih said that the commission had prepared well for the election, adding that the state office had started taking delivery of sensitive and non-sensitive election materials.

He said that distribution of the materials would begin as soon as all they were fully delivered.

“The materials are ballot papers and result sheets; we have received part of them but we will not distribute the one we have until when we have them complete.

“The materials are supposed to have got to us before now but the arrangement was disrupted by the election that was just conducted in Kogi last Saturday,’’ he said.

According to him, we have concluded plan to hire boats that will be conveying the materials and we will reach out to the riverside communities.

“The materials are for INEC offices in the eight local government areas of the state and will later be distributed to all the wards in the areas.

“Bayelsa is a difficult terrain but we are ready and committed to conduct free, fair and credible election,” he said.

The REC urged politicians and their supporters as well as the electorate to play the game by the rule as a way of supporting INEC to achieve credible exercise.

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