Adenitan Akinola

Ahead of Saturday’s presidential and National Election, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has commenced the distribution of election-sensitive materials in Osun State.

Earlier, the Commission, led by the Resident Electoral Commission, Dr Mutiu Agboke had collected the materials from the Osogbo branch of the CBN under the watch of security and journalists.

Addressing officials, commercial transporters and representatives of political parties at the INEC headquarters in Osogbo, Dr Agboke said the early deployment of the materials three days before the election was to prevent late arrival to the polling units.

He noted that from INEC offices across the thirty local governments in Osun State, the materials would further be distributed to the registration centres.

The Osun Resident Electoral Commissioner maintained that the early arrival of the materials was enough to assure Nigerians that the election would hold on Saturday.

Dr Agboke said all the required ad-hoc staff for the election had been adequately trained on their duties and responsibilities during the exercise.

In their responses, representatives of some political parties that were present commended the transparent manner the materials were distributed, with a pledge to cooperate with INEC to ensure that the electorate cast their votes without undue influence.

The Chairman of the Allied Peoples Movement, APM in Osun State, Mr Simon Adebayo said the early arrival would douse apprehension among Osun residents who were sceptical about the conduct of the election.

Similarly, Prince Bello Adebayo who is the Chairman of the Labour Party in Osun State pleaded with INEC to ensure that nothing technical hinder the free conduct of Saturday’s exercise.

As at the time of filling this report, the sensitive materials were being loaded into the waiting vehicles for onward transfer to the various local governments.

Presently, a total of one million, five hundred and thirty-four thousand, nine hundred and forty-eight voters had collected their Permanent voter cards out of the total one million, nine hundred and fifty-four thousand, eight hundred registered voters in Osun State.

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