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INEC Chairman, Prof. Yakubu monitors voting in Abuja

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The Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, on Saturday morning monitored accreditation and voting in the ongoing council election in Abuja.

During the exercise, he called on the residents of the Federal Capital Territory to all come out to elect their council chairmen and councilors.

Yakubu spoke when he visited some of the INEC Super Registration Areas Centres.

He also used the visit to monitor the distribution of election materials.

Super RACs, according to the commission, are areas  where elections materials and ad-hoc staff are being disributed to wards and polling units.

Yakubu said that from all indications and giving the level of preparation, the election would commence as scheduled. “So far so good, the situation is encouraging.

At Bwari and Gwarinpa RACs, the deployment of elections materials and ad-hoc staff has commenced.

The commission’s chairman said that almost all vehicles had left for distribution of materials at Gwarinpa when his team visited.

He said, “Remember that some Nigerians are complaining that INEC will say that polls will open by 8 a.m., while materials and ad-hoc staff are yet to be at some centres.

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“That is why we are moving round to ensure that materials and staff are very close to the polling units on Friday, so that on Saturday ad-hoc staff can move into the polling units and set up before 8 a.m when the election will commence.”

He regretted the fuel scarcity in the nation’s capital, but said that the commission had put in measures to address the situation.

He said, “Fuel scarcity is really a big issue. As of the time we started preparation there was no fuel scarcity which is now affecting all and sundry, not only INEC.

“Certainly it is a draw back but we have put in our best to address the situation. We are working to have a successful election by God’s grace.”

Punch


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