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INEC to commence deployment of materials for Bayelsa, Kogi polls tomorrow

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

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, said the commission would be administering oath of neutrality on workers as part of measures to ensure loyalty and neutrality. Agbamuche-Mbu added 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.

She said: “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.

“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.

She added that the commission will employ ad hoc workers and deploy its original workers in where there is shortage.

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