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INEC deploys sensitive materials for C’River North bye-election


Ahead of Saturday’s Cross River North Senatorial District bye-elections the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it has received sensitive materials from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

The materials were handed over to INEC yesterday in the presence of security agencies and political parties for the election in the state.

Speaking at the CBN office in Calabar, National Commissioner for Information and Voter Education, Festus Okoye, said all political parties and other stakeholders were invited to witness the inspection and movement of the sensitive materials deployed to the state for the bye-elections.


He disclosed that each vehicle had tracking device to ensure that none deviated from the convoy, saying: “All the sensitive materials are intact, transparent, open and have not been tempered with. All the local government agents have inspected the items and we have the full compliment of security agencies.

We are, therefore, good to go.”

On his part, Cross River State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Emmanuel Hart, noted that the sensitive materials would be moved immediately to the Senatorial District under tight security.

Also speaking, Commissioner of Police (CP) deployed from the Force Headquarters, Abuja for the elections, Gabriel Oguntuase, told The Guardian that the police authorities have fully deployed its personnel for the poll.

State Chairman of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Anthony Bisong, said the party was satisfied with arrangements during the inspection, noting that it would continue to monitor the movement of the materials to ensure that they arrived Ogoja safely.


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