Few hours to the elections, over 12,000 security personnel have so far been deployed to Adamawa State just as the state Police Command and the Independent National Electoral Commission expressed readiness to conduct the elections.
The state Commissioner of police, Gabriel Adaji, and the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Baba Yusuf, made this known to journalists in Yola, the Adamawa State capital on Friday.
The commissioner of police said more than 12,000 police officers have been deployed for covert and overt operations adding that not less than four personnel will be drafted to each polling unit.
He said that to ensure the conduct of peaceful polls, some far reaching measures which include the total ban of movement of vehicles from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. will be imposed on the state.
Other measures adopted according to the commissioner of police include total ban of movement of tricycles popularly known as (KEKE NAPEP), wheel barrows, and truck pushing. He also said all police escort will be withdrawn except for the governor.
Mr. Adaji said only vehicles on essential duties which are officially tagged will be allowed movement during the elections and pleaded with residents to persevere as the measures are taken to ensure peace and orderly conduct of the election.
On his part, the Adamawa State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Yusuf noted that INEC is fully prepared to ensure conduct of free and fair polls in the state.
He said adequate arrangement have been made to ensure that all the 3371 voting points are adequately covered adding that the commission has distributed 88.1 per cent of PVCs in the state.
Mr. Yusuf said that out of the 1,565,780 registered voters in the state, 1,388, 198 people have collected their PVCs. He said so far, a total of 13,304 adhoc staff were recruited and trained to do the job.
The REC said that non-sensitive materials were sent to the 21 Local Governments about three weeks ago adding that the sensitive materials were sent on Friday to the various Local Governments across the state after meeting with the various political parties in the state.
Mr. Yusuf said the people of Madagali and Michika local governments will cast their votes at designated places in the state capital while the people of Maiha, Mubi North and Mubi south Local governments will be allowed to cast their votes in their respective local governments.
He allayed fears of a possible break down of the card readers saying that they have been tested and trusted and added that backup plans including batteries have been provided in all the voting points.