The Resident Electoral Commissioner of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Yobe state, Alhaji Ahmad Makama, said he has toured offices and election facilities in preparation for the 2019 general election.
The commissioner, who spoke to Daily Trust after a week-long tour in Damaturu, said the journey has availed him opportunity to assess the security and viability of all the INEC offices and facilities across the state.
He noted that majority of the offices visited across the seventeen local government areas are in good shape, except for Damaturu where Boko haram insurgents razed it down.
“But, there ere some minor renovations we need to do in some places, of roofings, cracks, electric faults and parameter fencing.Very soon, we will ensure that everything is in place to start stocking materials in preparation for the 2019 general election”, he said.
Makama revealed that they have inspected Registration Area Centers (RAC) and Super RAC, where election personnel would converge at the eve of election for easy access to their assigned areas of duty and they were all in good shape.
On the Permanent Voters Cards (PVC)registration, the REC warned against double registration and implored those with issues of defaced or lost PVCs to lodge complain to their respective INEC offices appropriatly instead.
“To speed up the pvc registration, we embarked on some kind of mobile regestation excercise, where we spent at least five days in each local government visited.
“Even though there are still some wards in three local government areas that we cannot access, but we are still hopeful that election will hold in the entire local government areas of the state”, he added.
He thanked all the stakeholders in the state for their cooperation and appeal for more to ensure freee, fair and smooth conduct of the general.election.