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Support INEC for free, fair and credible elections-Admin.Sec

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has urged Nigerians to support it to achieve free, fair and credible elections on Saturday and subsequent polls.

This they could do by desisting from blame game over postponement of the Presidential and National Assembly elections.

Mr Leberi Sampson, the Administrative Secretary of the commission in Baylesa State made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Yenagoa.

He said the commission was also counting on Nigerians’ support to consolidate the nation’s democracy.

Sampson said that supporting INEC rather than blames on electioneering processes would ensure the realization of the much desired free, fair and credible polls come February 23 and March 9.

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On security of sensitive materials for the elections, the administrative secretary said the items had been moved to CBN in the state, adding that all political parties were in the know.

He said the commission off-loaded the materials from the store where they were kept by local government.

According to him, the off loading was in conjunction with about 40 members of political parties, security operatives of all agencies, the paramilitary and military with the police and Federal Road Safety Corps.

“Again, we did what we call audit; we checked what was brought out to ensure that the materials correspond to what was given to the parties initially.

“The parties were given opportunity to see them before moving them to CBN where they are domiciled.

“As I speak to you, even the materials that were not available, which is one of the reasons for postponement, have been sent to us and all of them are intact at the CBN.

“I believe by Thursday, we will go and take those sensitive materials back from the CBN and share to the people in order for them to vote and be voted for.

“The non-sensitive materials include the cubicles, ballot boxes, files, power generator and live-jackets among others.

“Nigerians should stop the blaming game on INEC because the commission alone cannot conduct free and fair elections.

“INEC is not the one selling ballot papers; INEC does not sell or buy vote, we do not send people to go and snatch materials and we do not send thugs to cause disorder.

“So, it is better to support INEC and together we can achieve the credible and acceptable polls,” he said. (NAN)