By: Abdullahi Faruk, Birnin Kebbi
Mr Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner in-cgarge of Voter Education and Publicity, on Friday, assured that the commission was fully ready to conduct successful inconclusive elections across Kebbi.
He gave the assurance while addressing Journalists shortly after distributing the sensitive materials to various Local Government Areas of the state held at the state INEC headquarters in Birnin Kebbi.
The inconclusive election for governorship will hold in 142 polling units spread across 20 of the 21 Local Government Areas of the state.
There will be supplementary elections in Kebbi North Senatorial District, two Federal Constituencies and eight House of Assembly Constituencies.
Okoye noted with satisfaction that the commission had just finished distributing the sensitive materials for the elections comprising; ballot papers, result sheets and BVAS machines for voter accreditation and authentication.
He said the commission had a stakeholders’ engagement with various political parties, civil society groups and organisations, adding that the Resident Electoral Commissioner had an engagement with various security agencies towards hitch-free elections.
The National Commissioner added that the head of security agencies had promised that they had the courage, capacity and the resources to deploy adequately and effectively to all the places where supplementary elections would take place.
“On our own part, the Chairman of the commission had deployed three national commissioners to Kebbi State because of the number of elections we have here. He has also deployed directing staff for this particular elections.
“So, we are going to have most of our staff acting as Supervisory Presiding Officers, LG Tech and acting in various capacities just to make sure that these elections are conducted successfully,.
“We are not going have a supplementary-supplementary election, we are going to have a conclusion to this election, so, by Sunday, Kebbians will be able to know who their Governor is just like any other state of the federation,” he noted.