The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reacted to media reports that Ballot papers found their way in the hands of politicians following the postponement of the presidential and national assembly elections by a week.
In a series of tweets on Saturday night, the electoral body described the claim as false and urged Nigerians to disregard it.
It highlighted the reported case in Kogi State where some politicians were said to be thumb printing ballot papers for their parties ahead of the rescheduled polls.
The commission insists that all sensitive materials for the February 23 elections are either in the vaults of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) or in the commission’s custody.
The statement reads: “INEC’s attention has been drawn to stories that ballot papers have found their way to the hands of politicians who are thumb printing same for their favored party. Specifically, reference has been made to Kogi Central Senatorial District.
“This allegation is not true, as all sensitive materials are in the Commission’s custody or in the Central Bank’s vaults. The stamps in the ballot papers displayed do not represent any of the official stamps to be used in the forthcoming election.
“It should be noted that only duly stamped and dated ballot papers with the endorsement of the INEC Presiding Officer’s signature are valid and will be counted.”