INEC set for elections in Plateau

The Independent National Electoral Commission, through the Resident Electoral Commission for Plateau state, Godwin Kwanga, said it accredited 80 domestic and foreign observers to monitor this Saturday’s elections in Plateau State.

Mr. Kwanga made the disclosure in Jos, during a stakeholders’ meeting on Friday as part of finishing touches on preparations for hitch-free elections.

The state Commissioner of Police, Nasiru Oki, warned the observers not to be partial during the polls as they would risk being arrested.

The police chief said the police in collaboration with other security agencies would provide adequate security at all polling units and ensure law and order during and after the polls.

The Plateau REC disclosed that the commission had distributed over 1.79 million Permanent Voter Cards, out of the over 1.85 million PVCs received from the national headquarters of INEC which represents 89.84 per cent of PVCs distributed.

He said there are over 2million voters registered in the state, from the 17 Local Government Areas of Plateau state. Mr. Kwanga said all needed election materials have been distributed to various council areas, ready for the elections.

PREMIUM TIMES observed that all routes leading to the headquarters of the Commission in the state were barricaded.
The Plateau state REC earlier last week revealed that 35,000 Plateau residents did double registration in the recently concluded voters’ registration.

Mr. Kwanga made the disclosure in an interview with journalists in Jos, at Ladura-Du, Jos south Local Government Area, polling unit of the governor shortly after he issued a PVC to governor Jonah Jang.

It has been observed that as part of preparations toward the March 28 elections, residents have embarked on panic buying of foodstuff to avoid food shortages during the period as movement would be restricted.

At most motor parks, residents not originally from Jos were seen travelling to their home towns for the elections.
The State Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, Latep Dabang, in an interview said they were ready for the elections, but sued for a peace.

He called on INEC to justify the confidence accorded by the constitution of Nigeria and appealed to electorates to vote according to their conscience for a better Nigeria.

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