Written by on March 15, 2023

Ahead of the Saturday governorship and State assemblies elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), Wednesday obtained and distributed sensitive and non-sensitive election materials across the 20 Local Government Areas, LGAs in Lagos.

Addressing newsmen during the distribution, INEC, Lagos Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Mr Olusegun Agbaje noted that ” as the election for governorship and States House of Assembly approaches, in Lagos state, there are about 40 constituencies where elections are going to be conducted on Saturday.

He confirmed that the materials would be escorted by security agents to ensure their safety ahead of the election.

Asked about the assurance of results being transmitted immediately from the polling units to IREV, Agbaje posited that:

States INEC offices cannot assure transmission of results from the polling units to IREV, the deal is the national head quarters.

And the national headquarter has consistently assured that all the errors made during the presidential election would be rectify and there would be no hitch or glitch again.

Asked if he can assure Lagosians of free, fair and credible elections, he added saying:

By the grace of God, Election are won and lost at the polling unit, RECs cannot influence any election, all the REC does is to seat by the returning officer at the State office and at the end of the day the collation officer and the returning officer would declare the winner.

Also, if those hoodlums going around do not disrupt some polling units:

Where they bypass the BVAS, nothing would be recorded for all the parties in that very unit where there’s violence, it is the cancellation and we are not going back to conduct the election. Also, our security agents would engage on motorized patrol to deter hoodlums from disrupting the process.’

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