By Jubril Bada
Ahead of Saturday’s State House of Assembly election, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Ondo State on Wednesday distributed sensitive materials to all its offices in the 18 Local Government areas in the state.
The distribution commenced amid tight security at the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, in the presence of political party representatives, journalists and security agents to all local government offices of the commission.
The distributed sensitive materials include: ballot papers, result sheets, among others.
Ondo State will be having only House of Assembly election on March 18 and 13 political parties will be participating in the election.
Inspecting the materials, the state Acting Resident Electoral Commissioner of the INEC, Mr. Oyekola Oyelami, expressed the readiness of the commission to conduct free and fair poll in the state.
Oyelami who assured that all the Bimodal Voter Accreditation Systems (BVAS) have been configured and working perfectly said none of the BVAS was mistakenly taken to wrong polling unit in the last national elections conducted on February 25.
According to him ” Every polling unit has a code stapled on each BVAS before taken to each unit”
While assuring that the last achievements recorded in the last elections will surpass the coming poll in the state, Oyelami assured the early arrival of voting materials to each polling unit on the election day.
He advised electorate to come out enmasse to vote candidate of their choice, just as he noted that the election involves those that will be representing them at the State House of Assembly and make law.
Speaking with journalists , the State Chairman of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Mr.Olaoluwa Adesanya, expressed satisfaction with the inspection of materials.
He called on INEC to repeat the same feat recorded at the last poll in making voting materials available to polling units before the commencement of the election.
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