Following preparations for Saturday’s (January 9, 2016) supplementary poll in Bayelsa state, the State’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has on Thursday, January 7, announced that it has commenced distribution of sensitive election materials.
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According to the Commission’s Public Affairs Officer in Bayelsa, Mr Timidi Wariowei, in Yenagoa, the Commission received the sensitive materials on Wednesday and distribution had commenced in Ekeremor Local Government Area on Thursday.
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Wariowei said: “All the materials are now in our custody; the materials include ballot papers and result sheets.
“On the distribution process, we intend to dispatch that of Southern-Ijaw Local Government Area early morning of Saturday.
“You know that the real focus is the Southern-Ijaw and we do not want what happened on Dec. 5, 2015 to repeat itself in that area.
“INEC is prepared to conduct free, fair and credible election for the betterment of the people.
“We have over 100 polling units in the state to conduct the election and Southern-Ijaw; so, we are ready to conduct credible and acceptable election.’’
“INEC is on top of the game. On security, we have been working with security agencies because without them, we cannot conduct the election.
“We have been collaborating with the Police and Army to ensure peaceful election in Bayelsa.’’