The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Anambra State has said it has taken delivery of all sensitive materials needed for the smooth conduct of the Feb. 16 Presidential and National elections.
Dr Nkwachukwu Orji, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) made the disclosure while briefing journalists at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in Awka on Thursday.
He said that the materials for the 21 Local Government Areas had been sorted out and would be escorted to the council areas by securities operatives deployed for INEC elections.
The REC said that all the 21 Divisional Police Officers in the state were on ground to collect the batch allocated to their various council areas.
Orji promised that all materials would be deposited in their council areas on or before 6pm.
He said: “the commission has received full replacement of all election materials gutted by fire in our storage on Feb. 12. We are ready to conduct smooth elections come Feb. 16 and March 2,” he added.
Mr Williams Odumu, Chief Superintendent of Police and Operations Officer in the police Command in Anambra, said that the command witnessed the delivery of the sensitive materials to the INEC personnel.
Odumu pledged the determination of the police to discharge their duties by ensuring that all the electoral sensitive materials got to their destination without hitches.
The state Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Norbert Obi expressed joy at the process being applied by the INEC in the collection and sorting of the sensitive materials.
Obi, who was represented by Mr Ogonna Obi, a member of the party, said that the process was very transparent and commendable.
Chief Ndubuisi Nwobu, State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also expressed satisfaction at the process of the delivery used by the commission and hoping it would continue throughout the election period.
Nwobu, who was represented by Mr Obi Nwokwu, said that the delivery of the materials to the INEC officers was commendable, urging the commission to maintain the tempo of its transparency.
Mr Kingsley Ezekwum, a party agent for the All Progressive Congress (APC) said that he witnessed the electoral process of delivery of sensitive materials to INEC and prayed that it would remain open in its operations during the elections.
INEC took delivery of the sensitive materials for the Feb. 16 general elections in the presence of about thirty political parties, security agents, media and some observers.