By Ezeocha Nzeh
Ahead of the February 16 presidential and National assembly elections,the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that it has commenced the delivery of sensitive and non sensitive materials for the 2019 general elections.
INEC national commissioner, in charge of Voter Education and Publicity (VEP), Festus Okoye said during an interactive session with the media on Wednesday that while non-sensitive materials were being delivered to local government offices of the commission, the sensitive materials were lodged in the Central Bank vaults in the states.
He stated, “The sensitive materials and other non sensitive materials, sleeping mats, and so on. Some of these ones have gone to the various local governments. The generating sets that would be used in the various registration areas have also been delivered to them, and then touch lights that will be used by the presiding officers on election day has also been delivered to the various local governments.
“Based on that, we have asked the Resident Electoral Commissioners to beef up security at the various Local Government offices because some.of these offices have started receiving the non sensitive materials for the conduct of the elections.
“Secondly the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in the various states has started receiving sensitive materials for the conduct of these elections. These sensitive materials includes ballot papers and result sheets. Elections are just few days away and if we have not started receiving the sensitive materials into the vault of the Central Bank, that means we are not a serious commission.
“So these materials are being delivered on daily basis to the various Central Bank branches in the states of the federation. So we are gradually getting ready for the conduct of the elections.
“On the issue of the PVCs that were burnt in Abia state, Okoye said: “I think the Nigerian people ought to express some level of outrage at what happened in Abia state.
“As a commission, we thought that the era of burning the Local Governments offices or offices of the commission’s had come to an end. We did not know that some people will attempt to go and burn local government offices of the INEC.
“We have also asked the REC for Abia state to liaise with the various security agencies and bring the perpetrators of this particular act to book. We cannot allow anybody or any individual or group to intimidate the commission into doing what is not right.