The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Ebonyi State, has begun the distribution of sensitive and non-sensitive election materials to the 13 Local Government Areas of the state.
Prof. Godswill Obioma, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abakaliki on Friday.
He said that the distribution was preparatory to the presidential and National Assembly elections holding on Saturday, February 16.
He explained that the sensitive materials were distributed at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Abakaliki branch, under heavy security surveillance and monitored by party agents.
Obioma said distribution processes had been structured to ensure that election officials and materials arrived at polling units as early as possible.
According to him, the commission is in a last minute arrangement for smooth, successful and violence free polls in Ebonyi State.
He assured that polling would commence at 8a.m prompt in all polling units in the 171 registration areas or wards in the state, adding that accreditation and voting would be done simultaneously.
According to him, voters are now at liberty to cast their votes with any of their five fingers during election.
“The electorate should endeavor to vote properly to avoid void votes.
“We are set for the first round of the elections slated for Saturday, February 16 and every preparatory arrangement has been concluded for smooth and successful exercise.
“We are appealing to Ebonyi State electorate to come out and cast their votes.
“We have begun the process of distributing the sensitive and non-sensitive election materials to designated local government area offices of our commission.
“We will move the non-sensitive materials to the Registration Area Camps (RACs) for easy movement to the polling units on election day.
“Again, we in INEC reiterate our readiness and commitment to credible, seamless and transparent elections in Ebonyi State.
“I urge all eligible voters with their permanent voting cards to come out and exercise their franchise,” Obioma said. (NAN)