INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission and National Union of Road Transport Workers have signed Memorandum of Understanding for the provision of vehicles for the transportation of election materials in Nasarawa state.

Dr Uthman Ajidagba, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state made the disclosure at a stakeholders’ meeting on Tuesday in Lafia.

He said some of the vehicles, 265 in all, would also be used to transport election officials during the forthcoming polls in Nasarawa state.

According to REC, the meeting is part of preparations toward achieving successful conduct of the 2019 general elections in the state.

Ajidagba said: “The Federal Road Safety Commission is also part of the agreement, as a critical stakeholder, to ensure smooth transportation of electoral materials and officials during the polls.

“All the vehicles will be required at the various INEC local government offices by 6 a.m on the eve of both rounds of the general elections.

“This is to ensure that electoral materials and officials get to their destinations on time for the smooth conduct of the polls.”

According to him, arrangement has also been concluded for boats, canoes and motorcycles in areas to be available, where necessary, to ensure hitch-free exercise.

Salihu Adamu, the Nasarawa State Chairman of NURTW, assured INEC that the union would make available required number of vehicles for the exercise.

Adamu said: “We will ensure that all the vehicles to be deployed are in good condition and made available as early as required by INEC for the general elections.”

Faustina Alegbe, Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Commission in the state, said that personnel of the command would be available for the success of the exercise.

She promised all the vehicles and drivers would be properly checked and certified fit for use for the exercise.

Alegbe stressed that any vehicle or driver found short of the conditions, set by the command, would be replaced.

She also said that all the certified vehicles would be given special stickers for easy identification during the elections.

“Any vehicle conveying electoral materials and persons during the election, without the certification sticker, will be arrested.”

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