After the shocking postponement of 2019 elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission has embarked on security measures that will protect sensitive material earlier distributed to local government across the country.
For instance, a report from Kwara State on Saturday said INEC started returning the sensitive materials earlier distributed to the sixteen Local Government Areas for elections to the Ilorin branch of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Some of the sensitive materials that were reportedly returned include ballot papers, election results sheets, ink pads and other materials were loaded in trucks, buses and cars and brought to the CBN office.
Kwara State INEC Public Relations Officer, Jacob Ayanda was quoted by The Punch that the materials were being taken to the CBN for safety.
Ayanda said, “since the election has been postponed till next week, we have to take care of the materials to ensure that they are safe and intact wherever we keep them and CBN is the best and safest place to keep them. ”
Postponement a big disappointment-Labour Party
Meanwhile, Labour Party in Kwara has described as a big disappointment the postponement of the election.
This was stated by governorship candidate of the party in the state, Comrade Issa Aremu, saying the rescheduling of the elections by INEC was received with mix feelings.
Comrade Aremu said the decision of the umpire to fix 23rd February and 9th March 2019 for the much-awaited elections came as a surprise and disappointment for all labour party candidates and members who are ready to exercise their democratic rights
He expressed optimism that the one week shift would enable the electoral body to put necessary things in place for free and fair elections to take place.
“It is certainly unacceptable that some voting materials are not ready after four years of preparations. It is also embarrassing that the postponement came so late in the day with all the attendant costs to poor voters who had to travel to and fro to vote.