62 councillors, six chairmen to emerge in FCT poll


Eligible citizens of the Federal Capital Territory are to vote in 62 Councillors and six Chairpersons in the elections scheduled for Saturday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said on Friday.
Already, the Commission has registered 1,020,799 voters across the six Area Councils and as at last Tuesday, out of which 646,883 of them have collected their Permanent Voter Cards.

Only eligible voters who present their PVCs will be allowed to vote in the elections‎.

As a prelude to the election, the Commission has trained 10,000 staff drawn largely from the National Youth Service Corps and tertiary institutions.

It also on Thursday briefed 44 groups accredited to observe the elections.

In the course of Saturday’s election, accreditation and voting shall be continuous/simultaneous and the Polling Units will open from 8am to 2pm.

The FCT has 62 Wards and 562 Polling Units.

However, to decongest existing PUs, the Commission has created additional 2,207 Voting Points and another 246 Voting Point Settlements to cater for remote and far flung areas.

As part of its determination to conduct a smooth, seamless and transparent election, the Commission began distributing sensitive materials (ballot papers and result sheets) in the full glare of stakeholders on Friday.

To perfect preparations for the elections, the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, with National Commissioners and Directors on Friday visited some Super Registration Area Centres.

Yakubu will also on Saturday monitor the election in the field before he retires to the Situation Room at the INEC Headquarters where he will monitor the elections until returns are made.

The Commission has activated its Citizens Contact Centre to receive complaints in the field on Saturday and respond to them through these channels:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/inecnigeria;
Twitter: www.twitter.com/inecnigeria;
e-mail: iccc@inec.gov.ng;
Website: www.inecnigeria.org;
Instagram: @inecnigeria;

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