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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has begun the movement of sensitive materials to local government areas in preparation for the Saturday’s election in Osun State.
The sensitive materials on Thursday were moved from the INEC headquarters in Osogbo to local government areas under heavy presence of security agencies.
Some of the materials distributed were Bimodal Voters Accreditation System, BIVAS machines, Ballot papers, Result sheets, Booklets, Forms EC 8A, B, C, D,E, forms EC 4zero G, 4 zero G1 and 2.
The distribution was also monitored by local and international observers, political party agents and journalists.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof. Abdulganiy Raji hinted that the items arrived the state in the late hours of Wednesday under heavy security.
“Today (Thursday), we are moving the sensitive materials to Local Government Areas. We took delivery of the sensitive materials midnight of Wednesday and it has been with us for about 36 hours now. We will start loading the vehicles with the materials to LGAs under heavy security. These materials had been under heavy security since the day we brought them. On arrive of these materials, we invited the party agents.” Prof Raji said.
The REC expressed readiness of electoral officers for the Saturday’s election, promising that there would not be late arrival of election materials to polling unit.
“I have with me five National Commissioners and in addition, I have twelve supporting RECs. We will load the sensitive materials alphabetically, we have Ife South and Ifedayo, those LGAs are the farthest places that the journey may take more than one hour. Early today, we had loaded the BVAS into the vehicles. BVAs is also a sensitive material. We expect that within the next two to three hours, we would have completed the movements.
“As usual, the materials were customised according to the local government and even to the polling units,” he added.
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