The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kwara state on Thursday distributed sensitive election materials for the Saturday by-election for the Irepodun/Oke ero/Isin/Ekiti federal constituency.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Garba Attahiru Madami while speaking after the distribution of the materials at the Central Bank of Nigeria, Ilorin branch, said a total of 170, 918 ballot papers and other electoral materials were distributed to all the four local government councils where the by-election will be conducted.
The materials were handed over to the state residence electoral commissioner by the branch controller of kwara state central bank of Nigeria, Ekanem Akpan.
Madami said, “1,855 electoral officers would be involved in the election. A total of 125, 865 PVCs were collected from the four local governments where the election will take place.”
“INEC has continued to improved day by day because in the past we used to have issue of late arrival of materials but with the distribution of sensitive materials now, it will arrive polling units as early as 8am. There are enough security at our area offices in the local governments to protect the materials.”
He said the commission is set to conduct free, fair and credible by-election .
While speaking on allegation that the INEC had distributed the materials over the night, Madami who commended all the five party agents who witnesses the distribution for thier co-operation said such allegations were unfounded.
INEC national commissioner in charge of Kwara, Kogi and Nasarawa, Mallam Muhammed Haruna agent of the APC, PDP, PPN, UPN and Labour partied, Imo and Lagos state REC were all on ground to monitor the distribution.