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INEC, security agencies express readiness for polls in Ondo

By Adewale Momoh, Akure
22 February 2023   |   3:26 am
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies in Ondo State have expressed readiness for the coming general elections, assuring that necessary measures have been put in place for a hitch-free process.

(Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP)

• Say fuel, Naira crises won’t affect deployment of personnel
• Four non-Nigerians arrested with PVCs

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies in Ondo State have expressed readiness for the coming general elections, assuring that necessary measures have been put in place for a hitch-free process.

During a security meeting held at the Police Officers’ Mess, Akure, ahead of Saturday’s poll, the Commissioner of Police, Oyeyemi Oyediran, disclosed that over 7,000 security personnel would be deployed for the polls.

With the Acting Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Oyegoke Oyelana, and heads of security agencies at the meeting, the police boss warned that anyone plotting to disrupt the poll would be dealt with severely.

Oyediran said: “We assure the public that we are ready for the success of the forthcoming elections. Over 7,000 combined security personnel are to cover the polls. The public should be assured that the elections will be peaceful, and we are all ready for that purpose. Thuggery and related vices will not be allowed.

“We will have free and fair elections on Saturday. We have not arrested anybody in the state for electoral offence so far, and we have been ensuring that two political parties don’t have campaigns on the same day.”

On his part, the acting REC, who stated that adequate sensitisation had been done on the usage of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), revealed that over 17,000 ad hoc personnel would be deployed for the polls.

Oyelana added that the deployment of all personnel that would participate in the election would not be hampered by the fuel and naira shortages.

His words: “The commission in Ondo is deploying 17,562 ad hoc personnel to serve in various capacities as far as the elections are concerned on Saturday.

“INEC has been sensitising people on the use of this BVAS in the election. BVAS, with thumbprint and facial recognition, is going to be used for accreditation. So, we don’t have any problem on this.”

He put the number of polling units in Ondo at 3,933.

“The collected Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) is over 1.7 million, while uncollected PVCs are over 303,000,” he added.

MEANWHILE, the Comptroller of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) in the state, Bosede Olufumilayo, has said that four non-Nigerians were arrested with PVCs and National identity cards.

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