2019 ELECTIONS: INEC BEGINS DISTRIBUTION OF SENSITIVE MATERIALS TO LGA’S IN ABIA STATE AMIDST HEAVY PRESENCE OF SECURITY PERSONNEL.
Chinwe Ugele, Umuahia.
policemen on duty within the CBN and INEC vicinity in Umuahia
In preparation for the Saturday’s National elections in Nigeria, the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), has commenced distribution of sensitive materials in across the local government Areas in Abia state.
The distribution began Thursday morning, with the materials meant for the local governments that have some appreciable distance from the state capital, sent theirs first.
front of central bank, Umuahia
As at noon Thursday, about six council areas out of seventeen in Abia state had taken custody of their materials through the electoral officers.
The sensitive materials which include the card readers and ballot papers are seen securely loaded in buses conveying them to their destinations in the company of policemen.
For each bus loaded with the materials, there was an escort of three fully loaded armed policemen and the DPO of that area.
The entire INEC and CBN vicinity which are located on the road is flooded by security men of the Nigerian police force with a few NSCDC operatives.
Journalists were barred from entering the CBN in Umuahia to observe the distribution.
However, party officials and representatives were granted access with some observers to witness the exercise at the Central Bank.
The head of publicity unit, INEC, Abia, Mr. Bamidele Oyetunji, the whole essence of the early dispatch is for the distribution to various polling units not to be delayed on the Election Day.
He said the commission decided to move ahead of time to ensure that they overcome the challenges of logistics, saying that with the pace things are going, there will not be any reason why6 the elections in the state will not be successfully conducted.
He allayed fears that the materials might disappear or tampered with since they are being sent out early. According to him, all is not set for the exercise on Saturday in the state with the resolve of the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Joseph Iloh to conduct a credible election.