The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has received sensitive materials for the rerun elections in Abi local government area of Cross River State, south-south Nigeria.
Dr. Mohammed Lekki, INEC National Commissioner in company of the new Resident Electoral Commissioner for Cross River State, Dr. Johnson Alalibo expressed satisfaction with the Central Bank of Nigeria for the safe custody of the materials.
Lekki said “CBN does this for INEC in terms of safe custody of sensitive materials for tomorrows rerun election. We have just taken delivery of the sensitive materials and as we leave here we are going straight to Abi local government area were the election is holding”.
“We have counted everything, it is correct. The representatives of the political parties are here, Inter Party Advisory Council, IPAC, is here and everything is okay. We are ready to go,” Lekki said.
Alalibo, in a brief remark, said “I am very satisfied with what I have seen. CBN has handed over the material to INEC. I expect peaceful, free and fair elections. We have every assurance that security is in place arising from our meeting”.
Paddy Ally, the Cross River State Chairman of IPAC also commended the Central Bank for the transparent and satisfactory handover of the election materials to INEC in the presence of representatives of the political parties involved in the two elections.
Ally said “for three days now we have been here monitoring the handover of materials. We are satisfied with the handover of sensitive materials to INEC. So far, so good”.
On security, Cletus Nwadiogbu, the Assistant Commissioner of Police Operations, Cross River State, assured of adequate security at all the polling units, noting that the synergy amongst agencies would enhance peaceful, free, fair elections.
Nwadiogbu stated, “with the perfect synergy among the security agencies, I will assure you of the near perfect security architecture on ground in respect of tomorrow’s election. Electorates should not exercise any fear at all”.
“We have nothing less than 15 personnel in each of the polling unit. This is not to intimidate the people rather we are to provide security for the voters,” the Assistant Commissioner said.
Earlier, the CBN branch controller, Chuks Sokari, who handed over the materials to INEC, said “this has been a long journey. For about four days ago when we received these materials, it has been relatively a long journey, but now that I have handed over, I am waiting for them to leave the premises”.
The sensitive materials INEC received included ballot papers, form EC 8A, EC 8D, EC 8E amongst others.
The House of Representatives rerun election for Abi/Yakurr federal constituency will hold across 18 polling units in Ekureku 1 and 2, while the Abi State Constituency will hold in 15 units in 5 wards namely Afafanyi- Igonigoni, Imabana 1 and 2, Itighidi and Ekureku 1.