The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday began the distribution of sensitive materials to the 18 local council areas of the state.
The electoral body also expressed readiness to conduct a hitch-free election tomorrow.
INEC officials converged on Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) premises, Alagbaka Akure, to coordinate distribution of electoral materials under the supervision of media professionals, political parties and armed security personnel, who cordoned off the area and disrupted the free flow of traffic.
However, some Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the state have raised the alarm over the alleged involvement of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) members, accusing them of partisanship that might mar the election.
Electoral materials and other items like buckets, mats, toiletries, bags of water and mosquito nets for ad-hoc staff were expected to get to the headquarters of the councils, where party agents, observers, INEC officials and security agents would receive them.
Director of Electoral Operations, INEC Headquarters, Mr. Abdurazaq Tukur-Yusuf, who superintended over the distribution of sensitive and non-sensitive materials, explained that the sensitive materials comprised ballot papers and result sheets, which were expected to reach the 18 council headquarters yesterday for onward distribution to polling units.
He said certified transport providers were engaged for movement of the sensitive materials and armed security operatives would escort them to the various registration centres.
Tukur-Yusuf disclosed that the properly marked materials, having arrived their respective destinations, would enhance early distribution so that there would not be unnecessary delay in commencement of accreditation and voting on Saturday.
INEC National Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, who was in Akure, at several stakeholders’ meetings, had pledged that the commission would forestall any circumstance that might hinder the success and smooth running of the exercise.
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