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Petrol scarcity may affect election logistics – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday said that the current petrol scarcity in the country might affect logistic arrangements for the February 25 and March 11 general elections.

Mahmood Yakubu, INEC Chairman, made this known in Abuja at a consultative meeting with the transport unions such as the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), and the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), amongst others.

“The commission shares your concern about the petrol situation in the country and its impact on transportation on election day,” Yakubu told leaders of the unions.

“The truth is that our arrangement may be negatively affected by the non-availability of products.

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“For this reason, the commission will this afternoon meet the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited to look into ways to ameliorate this situation.”

Mahmood also urged the transporters to be neutral and non-partisan as they commute INEC staff to-and-from polling units.

The INEC boss said inter-state trips won’t be allowed, saying all INEC and adhoc staffers must not be moved beyond their local government areas.

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