The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Anambra State has commenced the distribution of sensitive electoral materials to local government areas in the state.
The commission said it took delivery of the sensitive materials ahead of Saturday’s governorship election on Thursday at the Central Bank of Nigeria branch in Awka from where it was moved amid tight security to the commission’s headquarters in Awka.
The resident electoral commissioner, Dr Nkwachukwu Orji, told journalists that the materials were inspected by officials of the commission, representatives of political parties, and accredited election observers before the commencement of distribution.
In distributing the materials, Dr. Orji said local Government Areas in the state would be clustered into five groups based on the distance,
terrain, and voter registration density, and that the council Areas that are farther from the state capital, Awka, those with more difficult terrains and those with large voter populations will
received their materials before the others.
Meanwhile, security has been beefed up in the state ahead of Saturday’s governorship election.
Armed personnel from the Nigeria police, DSS, and the NSCDC are stationed at strategic places.
At least 26, 000 police officers are deployed to the state by the Inspector General of Police, Alahaji Idris Ibrahim, to protect the electorate for the election.