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INEC COLLABORATES WITH NAF TO DISTRIBUTE MATERIALS TO NORTH EAST, SOUTH EAST, SOUTH WEST ZONES

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INEC COLLABORATES WITH NAF TO DISTRIBUTE MATERIALS TO NORTH EAST, SOUTH EAST, SOUTH WEST ZONES                                                         29-01-24

By Sadiq Aminu                                                    The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC says the Commission will collaborate with the Nigeria Air Force in the distribution of Materials to the three locations in the North East, South East, South West geo political zones of the country.

INEC Chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu stated this in Abuja when he visited the Chief of the Air Staff,Air Marshal H. B Abubakar.

Professor Yakubu said the visit was necessary due to the act that, the Commission would conduct bye-elections and re-run elections in 26 States of the Federation this Saturday.

“In all the elections, Candidates will fill vacancies in three Senatorial Districts, 17 Federal and 28 State Constituencies spread across 80 Local Government Areas, 575 Registration Areas/Wards and 8,934 Polling Units involving 4,904,627 registered voters out of which 4,613,291 Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) have been collected.”

The INEC Chairman said that the law empowered the Commission to seek the support of the security, intelligence and law enforcement agencies in the delivery of materials and the protection of election officials as clearly provided for in Section 27(3) of the Electoral Act 2022.

Professor Yakubu said that the Commission had already indicated to the Chief of the Air Staff the specific locations and the tonnage of materials to be airlifted.
He commended the Armed Forces for always maintaining neutrality and professionalism during election operations.

Responding the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal H B Abubakar pledged continued support to the Electoral Body in its efforts to conduct free fair and credible elections in the country.
He told the INEC Chairman that the materials be delivered a little earlier due to the capacity of the Aircraft that was available.

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