Elections: REC says 450 IDPs to vote in Sokoto

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By Habibu Harisu

Sokoto – Mr Abubakar Musa, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in charge of State, says
450 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) stationed at Gandi town in Raba Local Government Area of State are
expected to vote in the 2019 general elections.

He told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in that the IDPs, mostly Tabanni and some from Kursa,
Wawarna and other surrounding villages affected by bandits’ attacks were accommodated at the Gandi camp, pending when
arrangements would be made for them to return.

He added that two polling booths were created for the displaced persons at the IDPs camp in Gandi town.

The REC said necesary arrangements, including transportation of electoral materials the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)
have been concluded by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in State.

He said the materials were at the 23 local government areas of the state and that before down, the materials and personnel
would reach respective polling units as required by law.

Musa expressed INEC’s confidence in the security arrangements on ground and urged political players to abide by the regulations.

He said that most anomalies on election disruption and other unlikely happenings emanete participating politicians.

He underscored the importance of peaceful coexistence in the society, as well as peaceful conduct of elections,
noting that INEC would ensure credible and transparent elections.

According to him, members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) that voluntarily want to participate in the elections
ad hoc duties along with others have been posted accordingly and measures are in place to tackle any unforseen situations
across the state.

Meanwhile, Mr Umar Bala, the newly deployed Commandant of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC),  said
fewer than 1,200 personnel were deployed for election duties in State.

Bala said 12 monitoring teams and 19 operational vehicles would oversee the polls, while trained armed men would be stationed
to await distress calls.

He said synergy with leading police officials was intact, adding that NSCDC enjoyed cordial relationship with residents
of State, including traditional leaders.