The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kogi state has received non sensitive materials for the November 16 governorship election.
Also, the commission would resume the distribution of permanent voter cards (PVCs) to registered voters early next month to enable them exercise their franchise in the forthcoming election.
This was disclosed by the INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof James Apam, Thursday, in Lokoja during a sensitisation workshop on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) aimed at creating awareness for leaders of all registered political parties in the state.
The REC said some non sensitive materials had already been delivered well ahead of time to hitch-free distributions to all the registration areas across the state before commencement of the poll.
The commissioner said the intention of the electoral body is to ensure effective delivery of the materials as well as keep its officers abreast with preparation for the exercise.
Apam assured that the commission was making all the necessary arrangements to ensure it delivers free, fair and credible governorship election in the state.
He said workshop organised for party leaders was part of the commission’s efforts to gear up for the election and to ensure a hitch-free and credible election.
He urged political parties to take advantage of the awareness created by the ADR to improve on internal democracy and thus resolve some of the pre-election and post election dispute.
According to him, once the parties address the usual pre and post election conflicts the high turnover of election cases in courts would be drastically reduced.
Speaking earlier, INEC’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Directorate director Clement Oha said the workshop was part of the continuous engagements by the Commission to create an atmosphere conducive for the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
He urged political parties to adhere to the electoral guidelines and the constitution to avoid unnecessary conflicts.
Leading political parties representatives, INEC officials, the Kogi state Police Command were in attendance, even as the CP represented by ASP Iyorse Dominic assured that the police would provide adequate security.