With few hours to the presidential and National Assembly election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said that 1,149,969 have collected their permanent voter's cards (PVCs) in Kwara State.

This will be leaving a balance of 257,431 which had been forwarded to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for safe keep.

Kwara State Resident Electoral Commissioner Garba Madami who disclosed this to newsmen  in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital, said  the estate has 1,407,400 registered voters.

Mallam Madami said:  "All materials sensitive and non sensitive have been dispatched to all the local government area offices. The last consignments of sensitive materials are leaving for the field.

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"I must emphasize also therefore, that all vehicular needs of each local government area have been met. Also, motorbikes and boats requirements for difficult terrains have been adequately met. Conveyance of men and women materials has been commenced with no hitch.

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"A total of 2,887 smart readers have been upgrade, fully charged and deployed to the fields with necessary contingency.

"A total of 1,827 local and international observers have been accredited."

The INEC commissioner noted that over 200 media men applied for accreditation, but 109 got accredited.

He said: "I must state here and categorically too that ballot papers have been dispatched in the full glare of political party agents, security agencies and media practitioners."

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Mallam Madami added: "By and large, I can say without mincing words that we are ready for the elections. I therefore used this medium to call on all eligible voters to turn out en masse to cast their votes without any fear of intimidation. The security agencies who have been adequately trained have promised they would keep the voting areas safe." He said

He urged the political actors to play the game according to the rule and be reminded that there are lots of dos and don'ts which must be religiously observed as the law will catch up with anyone trying to flout the laws.

He said that the commission had recruited 11,992 personnel for the exercise, noting that they had all been trained and deployed accordingly.


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