The Independent National Electoral Commission in Kwara State has reaffirmed its readiness for the conduct of Governorship and Houses of Assembly elections slated for Saturday, March 9.
The State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mallam Garba Attahiru Madami disclosed this on Thursday at a press briefing at the State INEC office in Ilorin.
Mallam Madami explained that INEC had taken delivery of both sensitive and non sensitive materials required for the gubernatorial and Houses of Assembly elections.
The REC stated that the distribution of election materials to the 16 Local Government Areas has commenced and that boats were also hired to transport election materials to riverine areas of Edu, Patigi, Kaiama and Baruten Local Governments.
He noted that 35 governorship candidates, three hundred and thirty eight candidates contesting for twenty four House of Assembly seats cutting across the nineteen political parties that are participating in Saturday’s polls.
The State REC also announced that all the Smart Card Readers to be used for the elections have been reconfigured to prevent manipulation, assuring Kwarans that all votes would count.
Mallam Madami pointed out that security arrangement has also been concluded to forestall the breakdown of law and other before, during and after the elections.
He dispelled the rumour that some INEC staff are romancing with key political players in the State, describing it as untrue as appropriate security measures have been adopted to track any INEC staff indulging in unlawful acts.
Mallam Madami assured the participating political parties of level plain field to guarantee free fair and credible governorship and Houses of Assembly polls.
According to him, payment of allowances for all the ad-hoc staff used during the last election in the State have been paid except those that have one challenge or the other with their banks while some of them that did not perform well have been replaced.
Four polling units were cancelled out of the two thousand, eight hundred and eighty seven polling units due to the circumvention of the Smart Card Readers in the last Presidential and National Assembly elections.