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Ballot Papers For Niger Zones Disappear From INEC Office

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Niger State, Prof. Samuel Egwu said on Friday that ballot papers meant for senatorial elections in Niger East and Niger North are missing.

Prof. Egwu, who made the declaration while interacting with newsmen in Minna, said that election may be postponed in the affected zone.

Egwu said: “The issue has been reported to the INEC’s Headquarters in Abuja for urgent attention.

“The officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria saddled with the responsibility of securing the electoral sensitive materials have gone to Abuja for the last batch of the sensitive materials for  Saturday’s elections in the state, so we are waiting,” he noted.

The INEC Commissioner said that 85 per cent of the needed facilities for the conduct of free and fair elections in the state had been provided.

He also noted that the non-sensitive materials already moved to various destinations across the 25 local government areas of the state.

According to him, the commission trained 23,000 ad hoc staff for the elections in the state.

In the meantime, some  2,181,400 eligible voters would participate during the general elections in the state.

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