By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
Ahead of the Saturday’s presidential poll, the Oyo State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Ambassador Rufus Akeju, has given the assurance that ballot papers for the election would arrive in the state on Wednesday.
Amb. Akeju stated this during a crucial meeting of Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES), held at the state’s INEC office on Monday.
According to him, “Wednesday 25th March, the ballot papers and results sheets are to be delivered to this office from Central Bank of Nigeria. I will personally receive the sensitive materials with party officials in attendance.”
“On Thursday 26th March, the ballot papers and results sheets will then be moved, under tight security to the INEC offices in the thirty-three local government areas in the state, while on Friday 27th March, the sensitive materials will be moved to the three hundred and fifty-one Registration Area Camps. The poll Officials will also move into the camps in order to ensure timely arrival at the voting points on Saturday 28th March,” he stated.
He said the meeting became imperative in order to finalize all strategies concerning security before, during and after the elections.
Akeju further disclosed that there are five thousand, six hundred and twenty voting points, which he said must be adequately protected in order to assure voters of their safety while casting their votes, while the collation centres must equally be fortified.
According to him, the state has 351 registration centres, 33 local government areas and 3 senatorial districts.
The state’s REC also stated that the commission had packed documents that would assist the security agencies in the task of mobilization and deployment of their personnel.
While briefing the press after a closed-door meeting, the state’s Commissioner of Police, Muhammed Katsina, assured the people of the state that the security agencies were more than ever determined to ensure peaceful conduct of the election.
He stated that the police would not spare anybody caught formenting trouble during the election, adding that the security agencies in the state would not tolerate any breakdown of law and order.
CP Katsina enjoined residents of the state to come out on the day of election to exercise their civic responsibility.