INEC boss Mahmood Yakubu

Nigeria’s electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), needs about 800,000 vehicles to conduct the general election in 2019 without hitches, according to the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC).

The road safety agency’s boss, Corps Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi, disclosed this on Monday at a National Stakeholders Forum on Elections organised by the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room in Abuja.

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Oyeyemi, who was represented by Assistant Corps Marshal (ACM) Victor Nwokolo, said apart from vehicles, camels, donkeys, motorcycles and tricycles would be used.

According to him, INEC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) to ensure safety and availability of the vehicles.

INEC Commissioner, Festus Okoye, who represented the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu, said that incident forms would not be used during the elections to conform to global best practices in elections.