INEC Reserves 93.5 Million Ballot Papers For Presidential Run-Off

Less than 100 days to the 2023 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission has said that it will print 187 million ballot papers for the presidential poll scheduled for February 25, while half of these will be reserved for a possible run-off.

The commission also classified the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System as a sensitive material to be kept in its custody.

These were made known by the National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, INEC, Festus Okoye, in Abuja on Friday.

The commission noted that 9,518,188 new voters were added to the existing 84,004,084 to bring the total preliminary registered voters in the country to 93.5 million.

Okoye, who spoke at a roundtable with senior journalists in Abuja, said 93.5 million ballot papers would be used for the presidential election on February 25, 2023 and the remaining 93.5 million would be reserved for a possible run-off if there was no clear winner.

A similar situation, he said, would be applicable in the states for the governorship poll.

The national commissioner explained that INEC decided to print 187 million ballot papers for the presidential election as it would be difficult to engage printers at a short notice and cope with the logistics required to produce extra ballot papers.

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