By Tunde Oyekola in Osogbo
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Osun State on Thursday began the distribution of sensitive electoral materials to all the 30 local government councils of the state including Modakeke Area Office.
A total of 1,100,346 ballot papers were distributed by INEC, Osun State representing the total number of PVCs distributed in the state.
Supervising the distribution of the materials at INEC office in Osogbo, Osun State capital, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr. Adekunle Ogunmola, assured the people of the state of free, fair and credible elections.
Investigation conducted revealed that there is no local government that received ballot papers more than the number of PVCs distributed in such particular area.
It was gathered that the National Secretariat of INEC had directed all the RECs against given out ballot papers more than the number of PVCs collected in each of the local government.
The step, a source said at the INEC’s office, was to prevent rigging and manipulation of the election.
Representatives of all registered political parties, election observers, security operatives, journalists were present to monitor the distribution of the sensitive materials to councils.
The REC, Dr. Ogunmola, said the materials had been under heavy security since the commission took delivery of them from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Wednesday with a promise to ensure that the materials were not tampered with before the polls.
Ogunmola maintained that additional 5 % of ballot papers distributed to each local government, wards and pollen units would be added to cater for any eventuality.
Representatives of the political parties in attendance described the exercise as transparent with a call on the commission not to relent in its efforts to ensure a free, fair and transparent exercise.
The state’s Director of National Orientation Agency, Dr. Lawrence Martins, stressed the need for voters to ensure they perform their civic rights without any hindrance.
In all, 1,100,346 ballot papers were distributed to all the local government councils, which represents the total number of PVC’s already distributed in the state including five percent extra as directed by the commission.