By Victor OgunjeÂ in Ado Ekiti
As a measure to ensure hitch-free primary in todayâ€™s governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress(APC) in Ekiti State, Nasarawa State Governor and Chairman of the Electoral Committee,Â Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, has set a strict guideline for the delegates and aspirants but promised a free, fair and credible exercise.
Addressing a news conference in Ado-EkitiÂ Â on FridayÂ on the level of preparedness for the exercise, Al-Makura explained that accreditation would begin atÂ 8.00 am.
Those to be accredited are aspirants, delegates, journalists, observers and other critical stakeholders.
Apart from the security arrangements, Al-Makura explained that facilities needed for the conveniences of participants had been provided.
He said: â€œAny delegate accredited wonâ€™t be allowed to go out for any reason.
â€œAny delegate that enters the arena must be identified by his party membership card, and extra statutory identity like International Passport, Driverâ€™s Licence and National ID Card.
â€œSuch delegates must be identified with the list given to us by the National Secretariat. All accreditation must be completed for delegates from all the senatorial zones before voting starts.
â€œVoting will be done once at a time and it will start with delegates from Ekiti South, the farthest, then to Ekiti North and Ekiti Central, the closest.
â€œAfter identification, delegates will be given ballot paper and they will submit their delegates tag for punching and they will also submit the ropes of their tags.
â€œCubicle for voting area are ready for delegates and delegates will go in and cast their votes. One outlet will be dedicated for voters and no voter will be allowed back into the hall once he votes.
â€œAt the end of the voting, there will be sorting to be followed by counting.â€
He also noted that the panel wonâ€™t allow any aspirant or delegate that wears branded materials to the venue of the primary.
Responding to a question, Al-Makura stressed that some agents that were barred for their involvement in the fracas that broke out in the botched primary would be arrested if found in the vicinity of the primary.
Al-Makura disclosed that some of the hoodlums arrested for disrupting the primary were already being prosecuted in court.
He sought for the cooperation of all stakeholders to ensure a successful primary, saying the panel would be fair to all.