Sensitive materials for the conduct of Saturday’s governorship election in Edo State arrived the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), office in Benin on Wednesday.
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Head of Voter Education and Publicity Mr. Timidi Wariowei confirmed the arrival of the materials to reporters.
“The materials for the conduct of Saturday’s governorship election have arrived the CBN office.
“We just went and inspected the sensitive materials in cartons, the ballot papers and the results sheets.
“And just now, the Braille ballot guide for persons with disabilities, especially the visually-impaired, just arrived.
“We are set for the election. From tomorrow morning (today), as early as 7:30am., we will start the distribution to local governments,” he said.
Mr. Kelly Ogbaloi, the state chairman of Inter Party Advisory Council, said party agents were invited by INEC to inspect the materials at the CBN office.
“Everything is intact, we just inspected the materials and we are satisfied,” he said.
The Programme Manager, Yiaga Africa, an election monitoring group, Mr. Paul James, said the group was invited by INEC to inspect the sensitive materials at the CBN office.
“We came here on invitation by INEC to inspect the materials that just arrived.
“Tomorrow (today) we will have a more detailed observation of the movement of the materials to local governments.
“Today we are here to confirm if the materials have arrived and yes we have seen that the materials have actually arrived,” he said.
James added: “As a group, we are happy with what we saw and are also happy with the preparation as well as the progress so far for the election.”