The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) mentioned yesterday that it had secured the providers of some helicopter corporations to ship delicate supplies to terrains in Bayelsa State.
Briefing reporters in Yenagoa, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Monday Udoh, dismissed allegations that the fee below his watch was colluding with the All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig the ballot.
He mentioned Bayelsa, being about 75 per cent water, had all the time been a really tough state to conduct election, particularly in the course of the motion of supplies and election personnel.
Udoh mentioned: “We are tackling insecurity and on November 1, I’m going to be in Abuja with the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and different high officers of the navy and safety companies to additionally discuss extra concerning the safety, how we’re going to escort our supplies to the place they’re speculated to be.
“We have enlisted the use of helicopters so that where we always have problems or maybe so much time running on the sea, we have to airlift them to where they should be.”
The REC careworn that INEC was working in direction of conducting a free, honest, credible and peaceable governorship election on November 16.
He mentioned there was no fact within the report that he conspired with the Vice Chancellor, Federal University, Otuoke to enlist APC members as supervisory officers (SPOs), describing it as pretend information.
“We shall stay centered in reaching our mandate. We shall not be distracted by pretend and false information being peddled in opposition to my humble self and INEC in Bayelsa State.
“I have no contact with the acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC) of Federal University, Otuoke either to recruit or receive a list from him. So it is completely false and a figment of the imagination of those behind such news,” he mentioned.
Udoh mentioned INEC, in collaboration with the Navy, started the profiling of marine boat house owners contracted to convey the non-sensitive election supplies to the polling models within the communities throughout the riverine areas.
He mentioned: “Now, over one month to the election, we now have concluded preparations with boat house owners. The Navy is profiling them. Profiling signifies that we need to know the house owners of the boats and the identities of their drivers.
“We have skilled our advert hoc employees about two weeks forward of the election.
“INEC wants this election to be a good example in a way that it is going to act as a catalyst for the 2023 general election.”