Ballot papers meant for this Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections are to be moved from Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) vaults across the country, from tomorrow, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The chief press secretary to the INEC chairman, Kayode Idowu, told Vanguard yesterday that all the non-sensitive materials have already been distributed.
“The non-sensitive materials have long been sent to locations for onward distribution to polling units for the polls while the sensitive materials which are the ballot papers have been at the Central Bank vaults, and by this Wednesday, they will be distributed to the states. From the state offices they will be taken to the local government offices on Thursday and from there we distribute to ward levels on Friday. And by 5 am on Saturday people will move them from the wards to the polling units,” Idowu said.
“So the commission is ready for the polls, we have concluded the training of the staff that will man the various polling units, so we anticipate a very successful outing this weekend.”
Idowu also said that the theft of a card reader in Zamfara State will not affect the election in any way, just as he noted that the particular reader stolen had not been configured and will be useless to the thieves.
He also confirmed that the ballot papers for the different polling stations had been customised in such a way that it will be difficult to be faked by anybody.
The press secretary expressed the readiness of INEC to conduct a free and fair election.