By Peter Amine
Jos, Dec. 3, 2020 The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday distributed sensitive materials for Plateau South Senatorial by-election scheduled for Dec. 5.
Malam Halilu Pai, the State Resident Electoral Commission (REC), who received the materials at Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Jos Branch, and immediately distributed said INEC had nothing to hide.
He listed the materials to include, Form EC 8A (1), Form EC 8A, Form EC 8B, Form EC8C, Form EC8D, Form EC8E and Form EC60E.
“We are here today in line with the policy of INEC to carry along all the stakeholders in the process of election.
“The sensitive materials include ballots papers and result sheets for the six local government areas.
“They are for the 68 registration areas, 712 polling units and the 671,209 registered voters in that constituency.
“INEC will always carry the stakeholders along to show its transparency and accountability.
“Security will escort these materials to the local government areas.
“We have nothing to hide, we are transparent and we want to be accountable, that is why we are sharing the materials in the presence of everyone.”
Mr Bashir Sati, Secretary, All Progressives Congress (APC), expressed displeasure with turnout of some party agents at the distribution centre.
Sati said that some political parties brought 10 to 15 agents to the distribution centre against the instruction of INEC.
The secretary expressed satisfaction with the distribution but urged INEC to conduct a free, fair and credible election.
Mr Pam Davou, representative of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), observed that some of the cartons containing the sensitive materials were not properly sealed.
Davou said that INEC should allow agents of political parties at the local government and polling units to count those materials before they are deployed.