The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Nigeria’s Kogi State has said that all preparations are in place for the governorship election on Saturday.
The state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, Hale Lonpet, said that 1.883.160 Nigerians who collected their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) are expected to vote in the election.
He said that the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) will be used for voter accreditation and fingerprint/facial biometric authentication of voters. Polling Unit results will be uploaded to the INEC Result Viewing (IReV) portal.
Lonpet said that all Political parties and candidates have signed the peace accord under the auspices of the National Peace Committee (NPC) and that INEC is ready to deliver a fair and credible election.
He called on all stakeholders, including security operatives, to cooperate to ensure a peaceful and successful election.
Security is a major concern in the election, as it has been in recent elections in Nigeria.
In October, there were reports of violence between supporters of different political parties in Kogi State.
Africa Eye News Ltd has also received reports of security concerns in the other two states holding governorship elections on Saturday, Imo and Bayelsa.
The Nigerian government has deployed security forces to all three states to maintain peace and order during the elections.
The governorship election in Kogi State is a significant event in Nigerian politics. The outcome of the election will have implications for the upcoming general elections in 2027.