The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has commenced distribution of non-sensitive materials for the February 14 polls across the 23 Local Government Areas in Kaduna State.
The Kaduna State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), who was represented by the Head of Voter Education and Publicity, Abdullahi Gujungu, disclosed this.
He said that the commission has received about 6,000 smart card readers, ballot boxes, posters and other non-sensitive materials.
INEC staff, according to him, have started configuring the 6,000 smart card readers, in order to make accreditation easier and faster during the 2015 general elections.
They have also commenced the conveyance of the ballot boxes to the 23 Local Government Areas of the state to ensure promptness.
The commission also said that about 2.8 million PVCs out of the 3.1million registered voters have been distributed across the state.
This figure, according to the commission, represents about 95% of the total registered voters.
In addition to these, Mr Gujungu also told Channels Television that over 33,000 AdHoc staff were being trained for the election.
Peace and Security
The preparedness of INEC to conduct a hitch free election with few days left has been a major issue for many Nigerians but with INEC in Kaduna already finalizing arrangements towards ensuring a hitch free exercise, the commission says it is fully prepared for the elections.
However, another issue of concern to stakeholders is the maintenance of peace and security before, during and after the election.
The Director of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Kaduna State, Elisha Meck Sabo, urged the residents of the state to be security conscious and be politically alert ahead of the polls.
He disclosed that the agency has deployed staff to all the 255 wards of Kaduna to enlighten the public on the need to maintain law and order during the election.
Kaduna residents on their part have also expressed satisfaction with the progress made so far in the distribution of PVCs. Some of them also told Channels Television that they were ready to vote for their choice candidates.
With the level of preparation by INEC and the commission’s assurance to conduct a hitch free election, residents expressed optimism about the forthcoming elections.
According to them, they would be holding the commission accountable to its promise.