Edo: INEC expresses readiness for Saturday polls

By Zeniat Abubakar, Benin

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, office in Edo State, Southern Nigeria, has expressed its readiness for the conduct of the House of Assembly Elections holding on Saturday.


The Commission Electoral Officer in Etsako West local government area, Mr Ekhator Stanley told Voice of Nigeria that all the election materials needed to ensure a smooth and hitch-free exercise has been received from the national headquarters and subsequently distributed to all the INEC offices in the local government areas of the state.


“We are ready as you can see, all the materials are here, we have made arrangement for vehicles to carry materials to various RACs (Registered Area Centres) and from there take off to the polling units tomorrow,” he said.


According to him, the BVAS has been reconfigured and are ready to be used for the Saturday’s house of Assembly election.


Mr. Ekhator who called on voters to be security conscious said the Commission has been holding series of meetings with security agencies to ensure free, fair and credible polls.


“People should come out and vote and be security conscious and should comport themselves in such a way that they will not rely their security challenge to the commission,” he added.


He said results will be collated at different polling units and then to wards level and sent to the collation center where the final result will be announced.


Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in charge of Elections in Edo North, Mr. Abiodu Asabi, said the police is ready and have deployed police men to various communities across the local government.


He said the police would do its best to ensure that free and fair election holds on Saturday.


According to him “the commission is still holding series of meetings with various security agencies to ensure that people are safe as they come out to exercise their franchise.”


He said the police would not tolerate any forms of violence from anyone who want disrupt the election process.

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