The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Bayelsa says it has distributed sensitive election materials to Registration Area Centres (RACs) in the state.

Sensitive materials for the conduct of Saturday’s governorship election in Edo arrived the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), office in Benin on Wednesday.

Mr Timidi Wariowei, the INEC Head of Voter Education and Publicity in Edo, confirmed the arrival of the materials to newsmen.

“The materials for the conduct of Saturday’s governorship election have arrived the CBN.

“We just went and inspected the sensitive materials in cartons, the ballot papers and the results sheets.

“And just now, the Braille ballot guide for persons with disabilities especially the visually-impaired just arrived.

“We are set for the election. From tomorrow morning (Sept. 17), as early as 7.30a.m., we will start the distribution to various Local Government Areas,” he added.


Also, Mr Kelly Ogbaloi, the state chairman of Inter Party Advisory Council, said party agents were invited by INEC to inspect the materials at the CBN.

“Everything is intact, we just inspected the materials and we are satisfied,” he said.

Mr Paul James, the Programme Manager, Yiaga Africa, an election monitoring group, said the group was invited by INEC to inspect the sensitive materials at the CBN office.

“We came here on invitation by INEC to inspect the materials that just arrived.

“Tomorrow we will have a more detailed observation of the movement of the materials to local government areas.

“Today we are here to confirm if the materials have arrived and yes we have seen that the materials have actually arrived,” he said.

According to James, as a group, we are happy with what we saw and are also happy with the preparation as well as the progress so far for the election.

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