INEC Begins Deployment of Materials for Kogi, Bayelsa Elections

INEC Begins Deployment of Materials for Kogi, Bayelsa Elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says non-sensitive materials for the November 16 governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States will be identified and deployed to the states from Wednesday.. The Commission added that sensitive materials, ballot papers and results sheet will be delivered to the Central Bank a month before the election. The National

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says non-sensitive materials for the November 16 governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States will be identified and deployed to the states from Wednesday..

The Commission added that sensitive materials, ballot papers and results sheet will be delivered to the Central Bank a month before the election.

The National Commissioner and Chair, Legal Services, Mrs. May Agbamuche-Mbu, says the Commission will administer oath of neutrality on workers as part of measures to ensure loyalty and neutrality, adding that electoral official indicted in the last elections will be blacklisted.

She spoke on Tuesday in Abuja at the stakeholders’ round table on preparedness towards the Kogi and Bayelsa States governorship election.

“In view of the commission’s commitment to conducting credible elections in Nigeria, we have since begun preparations for the coming elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States. All the non-sensitive materials needed for the elections have been identified and will be delivered tomorrow to the respective states,” she says.

“After the party primaries, sensitive materials, ballot papers and results sheet will be produced and customised by their Local Government Areas (LGAs) and subsequently delivered to the Central Bank a month before the election.”

Agbamuche-Mbu explained that the materials will be retrieved from the CBN the week preceding the election and distributed to the councils, disclosing that the Commission will employ ad hoc workers and deploy its original workers to where there is shortage.

INEC has also fixed Aug. 30, as deadline for the submission of applications by observer groups interested to observe the Bayelsa and Kogi governorship elections.

The Commission announced this in a statement on its website on Friday.

It invited interested registered Civil Society Organisations, Non-Governmental Organizations and other stakeholders which activities focus on democracy, governance and elections, to visit its website (www.inecnigeria.org) for application forms.

“Interested observer groups are required to download and complete the application form(s) EC14A (I) indicating the preferred state for observation.

“The forms should be submitted along with other necessary documents, including evidence of past election observation at the Election and Party Monitoring Department, INEC Headquarters, Maitama, Abuja.

It noted that successful observer groups for the two states elections would be subsequently published in newspapers and on the Commission’s website.

It advised organisations wishing to apply to be truthful in their submissions, saying “any falsification of documents in the submission will lead to automatic disqualification and possible prosecution”.

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