INEC begins distribution of sensitive materials in Lagos

The Independent National Electoral Commission in Lagos State has begun distributing sensitive materials for governorship and House of Assembly elections to the state's various local government areas.

On Wednesday, INEC received the sensitive materials (ballot papers and results sheets) from the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The exercise was overseen by various stakeholders, including the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner for Lagos State, Mr Olusegun Agbaje, and the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, CP Idowu Owohunwa.

INEC Electoral Officers from the state's 20 LGAs were on the ground distributing materials to their respective LGA offices.

Speaking to reporters, Agbaje stated that INEC was prepared to hold free, fair, and credible elections on Saturday and asked for stakeholders' cooperation and support.

According to him, the sensitive materials are secure and intact, allowing all stakeholders to see the commission's transparency.

He stated that the distribution of materials from the councils to the state's 245 wards would begin on Thursday.

He stated that INEC wanted to ensure that materials arrived on time at Registration Area Centres and Polling Units on Friday and Saturday mornings, respectively.

"We're back as the governorship and house of assembly elections on March 18 draw near." On Saturday, elections will be held in 40 constituencies in Lagos State.

"And here we are at the CBN to collect our sensitive materials, which will be escorted from here by security agencies to all of the state's 20 local government areas," Agbaje explained.

The INEC chief stated that the exercise was carried out in full view of agents from political parties, civil society organizations, observers, and the media in order to demonstrate the commission's transparency.

Agbaje stated that the commission had appealed to security agencies on Saturday to prevent such incidents.

"This time, the commissioner of police has assured us that things will be better," he continued.

According to him, the commission is in constant contact with members of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security in order to improve security for a free and fair election.

The commissioner of police, represented by ACP Sagir Ismail, assured voters and other residents that there would be enough security personnel on election day.

He urged residents to exercise their right to vote without fear.

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