Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it has commenced the distribution of sensitive electoral materials to local government areas in Edo State ahead of Saturday’s governorship election in the state.
The Commission made this known in a statement by its National Commissioner and Chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Barr. Festus Okoye.
He said this after the agency met on Thursday to review preparations for the Edo and Ondo states governorship elections as well as all outstanding bye-elections.
For Edo, the Commission noted that it has made adequate preparations for the Governorship election scheduled for Saturday 19, September.
All sensitive materials for the said election have left the custody of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Benin City for the various Local Government Areas in the State. Agents of the political parties involved in the election as well as those of the accredited Observer Groups observed the distribution of the sensitive materials.
The Commission implores all the relevant stakeholders to continue to observe the distribution of the sensitive materials as they are moved further down the chain to the Registration Area Centres (RACs).
The commission also announced that it would use both members of the National Youth Service Corps and ad hoc staff of tertiary institutions in the Ondo State governorship election scheduled for October 10.
Okoye expressed that the NYSC authorities had informed the commission that they were in a position to mobilise more corps members for the Ondo State governorship election.
After due consideration and to restore the corps members to their role in the electoral process, the commission has decided to allow the recruitment of these additional NYSC members only.