Ahead of Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Adamawa State will today begin the movement of sensitive and non-sensitive materials to all the 21 local government areas in the state.
The resident electoral commissioner, Barr Kassim Gaidam, dropped the hint in Yola, the state capital yesterday, at an oath of affirmation of neutrality, organised for permanent and ad-hoc staff of the commission, engaged in the 2019 polls.
Gaidam said that INEC had concluded the reconfiguration of all the Smart Card Readers deployed in the state, to reflect the next election dates and would retain the ad-hoc staff to enhance service delivery.
He also confirmed that all sensitive materials, which were deployed to all the 21 councils for the cancelled polls had been returned to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as directed.
He said: “I therefore call on candidates, political parties, and the electorate to take steps to prevent any form of electoral violence in the state.
“Without free, fair and credible elections, democracy cannot thrive in Nigeria,” Gaidam stated.
The electoral umpire vowed to resist any form of external interference in the conduct of the elections adding that transparency would be the watchword of INEC in the discharge of its duties.
Barrister Comfort Emmanuel of the Federal High Court, Yola administered the oath of affirmation of neutrality on the commission’s staff.
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