The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has announced that a total of 1,925,105 voters will vote during Saturday governorship election in Edo state – the gubernatorial poll, which would be supervised by over 18,511 officials of the Commission.
Speaking on Wednesday to political parties civil society organisations, nongovernmental organisations, interest groups and other stakeholders in meeting Benin City, capital of Edo state, the Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, assured that the officials had been well trained on issues pertaining to election and electoral guidelines.
He said that majority of the personnel were drawn from “the pool of young Nigerians on national assignment through the National Youths Service Corps Scheme (NYSC)’’.
Yakubu, who disclosed that accreditation and voting will commence simultaneously, stressed that no voter would be allowed to the polling units with security escort.
According to him, highly placed personalities are not eligible to come with thugs and security men to polling units to vote, just as he said that after voting, voters should leave.
“Heads of the security agencies from our various inter-governmental agencies meetings have given their assurances that they will provide adequate security for the electorate, INEC and ad hoc staff and materials.
“No orderly may accompany these high profile personalities to the polling centres, but where they escort them, they are not expected to display their arms,’’ he stated.
In his contribution, acting Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, assured the people of the state of adequate security, saying that the police had earlier deployed 25,000 personnel to complement those in Edo command.
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