A ballot box filled with ballot is pictured before being counted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at a polling station in Yenagoa in Bayelsa State ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Maiduguri - The Independent Electoral
Commission (INEC), said it planned to convey ballot papers to the southern
parts of Borno and other areas with difficult terrain with helicopters.
Mr Samuel Madaki the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC)
in the state, made the disclosure on Friday in Maiduguri while briefing
He said the measure was to ensure timely arrival of the
materials to the affected areas.
He explained that the initial ballot papers printed for the
governorship election in the state were cancelled after officials of the
commission discovered that the logo of Labour Party was omitted.
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"We discovered that the logo of Labour party was absent on
the ballot papers printed for the polls, so we made arrangement for new ones
"Since the election is just some few hours from now, we
decided to fly the consignment of the new ballot papers for Southern Borno
directly from Abuja instead of routing them through them Maiduguri for
efficiency,'' Madaki said.
The REC said the commission had traced the cause of the
rejection of voters finger print during
the March 28 polls to the Screen Guard on card reader machines.
"We have realised that the rejection was largely caused by
non removal of the screen guards on the machine.
"We are hoping that the Governorship/House of Assembly
polls will be faster and hitch free going by the discovery,'' he said.
Madaki assured that the commission had made adequate
arrangements to ensure successful conduct of the polls.