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By-Elections: INEC Partners Air Force For Delivery Of Electoral Materials

Elections would fill vacancies in three senatorial districts, 17 federal and 28 state constituencies spread across 80 local government areas spread across 80 local government areas, INEC Chairman said.


INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, meets with the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Hassan Abubakar, in Abuja on January 29, 2024. Credit: INEC

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has partnered with the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) for the delivery of electoral materials.

Rerun and by-elections have been scheduled to be held in the North-East, South-East and South-West geo-political zones of the country on Saturday, February 3.

With few days to the conduct of the election, the INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, visited the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Hassan Abubakar, on Monday in Abuja, over the rerun and by-elections meant to be held in 26 states of the federation.

Yakubu said the elections would fill vacancies in three senatorial districts, 17 federal and 28 state constituencies spread across 80 local government areas.

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He said that the elections held in 575 registration areas/wards and 8,934 polling units involved 4,904,627 registered voters, out of which 4,613,291 Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) had been collected.

“In handling such a huge national assignment, the commission cannot do it alone. That is why we seek to mobilise every national asset, including NAF,” the INEC Chairman said.

“It is in the realisation of this objective that the law empowers the commission to seek the support of the security, intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

“The commission needs their support in the delivery of materials and the protection of election officials as provided for in Section 27(3) of the Electoral Act 2022.

“The elections are held on Saturday. Working with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), materials are being delivered to many locations.

“However, given the size and distance of some constituencies, we seek the support of NAF to expeditiously deliver materials to the North-East, South-East and South-West geo-political zones of the country.

“We have already indicated to the chief of the air staff the specific locations and the tonnage of materials to be airlifted.”

According to him, the evacuation of the materials from the focal airports to the states where the election will be held will be handled by the commission and the CBN, as has been the standard practice.

“Thereafter, the inspection and movement of all materials to the various local government areas and beyond will be done with the full participation of all stakeholders, particularly agents of political parties and candidates, observers and the media in a transparent manner,” he said.

Yakubu commended NAF for its cooperation in security and logistic support and for the timely delivery of materials during the general elections, off-cycle elections, by-elections, supplementary elections, and rerun elections.