On November 11, 2023, the people of Kogi, Bayelsa, and Imo states will go to the polls to elect their governors. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is making all the necessary arrangements to ensure a free, fair and credible election.
According to the INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, the commission will deploy 46,084 staff, both regular and ad hoc, to conduct the election. He also said that 18 political parties will field candidates for the election, and they will have 137,934 agents to monitor the process.
The INEC Chairman revealed these details at a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners in Abuja on Friday. He also said that 126 national and international organizations have been accredited to observe the election, and they will send 11,000 observers. In addition, 80 media organizations have applied to cover the election, and they will have 1,203 personnel, including journalists and technical staff.
Prof Yakubu assured that the commission is leaving no stone unturned in other areas of preparations for the election. He said that the commission has distributed sensitive and non-sensitive materials to the states, and has trained the staff and security personnel for the election.
He also said that the commission has facilitated the collection of permanent voter cards (PVCs) by registered voters in the three states. He said that as of October 9, 2023, which was the deadline for PVC collection, 29,000 PVCs had been collected in Kogi and Bayelsa states. However, he did not have the figure for Imo state, as it was still being compiled.
The INEC Chairman urged all stakeholders to cooperate with the commission to ensure a peaceful and successful election. He also appealed to the voters to come out en masse and exercise their franchise on November 11, 2023.
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