In an effort to conduct free, fair and credible elections in the country, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Yobe state has said all the sensitive materials dispatched across the seventeen local government councils of the state have been returned intact.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Ahmad Makama told Blueprint that, “we initially kept the sensitive materials at the Police armory of respective local government headquarters and asked our Electoral Officers to keep vigil until clear directives were received from headquarters”.
“On receiving that directive on Sunday, all materials were safely returned intact to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in Damaturu and that has been confirmed by the CBN Controller. The consignments are now kept local government by local government for easy re-distribution either on Wednesday or Thursday” he said.
Makama further, said all the Smart Card Readers have also been retrieved and configured in preparatory to the rescheduled presidential and National Assembly elections come Saturday.
On the security challenges in Gujba local government where the Boko Haram launched attack on military base on Saturday, the REC, said the voters and ad-hoc staffs must have been frightened and the case will be tabled at the security meeting scheduled for Tuesday so that the commission will solicits for guidance if the situation is not containable.
INEC in Yobe had earlier relocated all voting/polling units to three centres of Goniri, Gujba and Buniyadi due to the security threats.