INEC completes movement of election materials to 23 LGAs in Rivers

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday completed the distribution of sensitive and non-sensitive election materials to all the 23 Local Government Areas of Rivers.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent in Port Harcourt, who visited the CBN where the materials were kept, reports that heavy security presence was no longer the norm at the central bank premises.

Heavy security presence had reduced conspicuously on roads adjourning the CBN in Rivers, following the movement of sensitive and non-sensitive materials to Registration Area Centres for the elections.

Similarly, security personnel presence was no longer the case on Azikiwe road, Bank and Moscow roads, which adjourned the banks premises.

Free flow of traffic was also noticeable along the major intra-city roads unlike what obtained few days ago, when heavy security presence was noticed on those roads.


The INEC had on Wednesday assured that the commission would distribute all the sensitive and non-sensitive materials to the 23 local government areas by Feb. 21.

Mr Obo Effanga, the Resident Electoral Commissioner for the state, had led the distribution of the materials with stakeholders and party agents at the CBN premises.

Also, Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers in a state-wide broadcast on the elections on Friday assured the people and residents of the State that the collective interest of Rivers would continue to guide his administrations actions.

We shall continue to accommodate everybody irrespective of party affiliation in our schemes of governance.

I wish to remind us that Rivers State is a peaceful State and we should allow the elections to be peaceful and exercise our civic rights to freely and fairly choose our leaders, he said.

He also offered free transport services to those who might wish to travel to participate in the elections irrespective of party affiliations.

In order to ease transport difficulties I have directed the immediate release of 18 luxurious buses to take people, irrespective of political affiliation, to vote in their communities from February 21, and return you back to Port Harcourt after the elections free of charge.

The Commissioner for Transport will release details of the routes to be covered by the free bus services. Organization of Nigeria (NAN) reporter in Port Harcourt, who visited the CBN where the materials were kept, reports that overwhelming security nearness was never again the standard at the national bank premises. 

Substantial security nearness had diminished prominently on streets deferring the CBN in Waterways, following the development of delicate and non-touchy materials to Enrollment Region Communities for the decisions. 

Additionally, security staff nearness was not true anymore on Azikiwe street, Bank and Moscow streets, which dismissed the banks premises. 

Free stream of traffic was likewise observable along the major intra-city streets not at all like what acquired couple of days back, when substantial security nearness was seen on those streets. 

The INEC had on Wednesday guaranteed that the commission would circulate all the touchy and non-delicate materials to the 23 neighborhood government regions by Feb. 21. 

Mr Obo Effanga, the Inhabitant Appointive Official for the state, had driven the dispersion of the materials with partners and gathering specialists at the CBN premises. 

Likewise, Gov. Nyesom Wike of Streams in a state-wide communicate on the races on Friday guaranteed the general population and inhabitants of the Express that the aggregate enthusiasm of Waterways would keep on managing his organizations activities. 

We will keep on obliging everyone independent of gathering association in our plans of administration. 

I wish to advise us that Streams State is a serene State and we ought to enable the decisions to be quiet and exercise our community rights to unreservedly and reasonably pick our pioneers, he said. 

He additionally offered free transport administrations to the individuals who may wish to venture out to partake in the decisions independent of gathering affiliations. 

So as to ease transport troubles I have coordinated the prompt arrival of 18 sumptuous transports to take individuals, regardless of political connection, to cast a ballot in their networks from February 21, and return you back to Port Harcourt after the races complimentary. 


The Official for Transport will discharge subtleties of the courses to be secured by the free transport administrations.


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