We Will Not Take Side In Ekiti Governorship Election – INEC
With almost a month to Ekiti governorship election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reiterated its commitment to ensuring a free and fair election in the July 14 poll in the state.
The electoral body as gathered by NIGERIA NEWS assures the Ekiti state residents that the upcoming election in the state will not be rigged.
The commission said the notion peddled in some quarters that the election will be rigged runs contrary to the reality on ground adding that the quality ICT infrastructure put in place will also aid transparency during the exercise.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Ekiti state, Abdulganiy Raji, gave the assurance in Ido Ekiti on Tuesday, June 12, during a town hall meeting entitled, Vote not Fight. The meeting was organised to sensitise the youth ahead of the election.
According to the report, the programme was funded by National Democratic Institute (NDI), United Kingdom Agency for International Development (UK aid) and United State Agency for International Development (USAID).
He said the election process had been digitalised and the voting exercise would be monitored electronically.
Raji, represented by the Electoral Officer in Ido/Osi local government, Ajayi Olusola, said the commission had strengthened its system and made it technologically driven.
He said it would be difficult for anyone to tamper with the outcome of the election, given the security of the process.
“Go and get your Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs). Your vote is your power and let me tell you that your votes will surely count.
“INEC is not partisan, we are fair to all parties. We are going to monitor the voting electronically. No one can rig election with the kind of ICT we have put in place and we are going to monitor the activities of parties to ensure that we have a peaceful poll,” he said.
The Ekitt state commissioner of police, Ahmed Bello, who was represented by the area commander in charge of Ido/Osi, Ijero, Moba, Ilejemeje and Efon local governments, Adegbepa Adetoye, assured the voters that the command was resolute to provide adequate security of lives and property.
“On our side, we are going to be neutral. We are not going to take sides and we will ensure that we monitor the election in the most professional way to enforce compliance to rules.
“Part of our duties is enforcement of law and order. We also owe it a duty to preserve the 1999 constitution and the Electoral Act. We are assuring our people that we shall be civil and neutral in this election,” he said.
Meanwhile, NIGERIA NEWS had reported that Arewa youths pledge to support Fayose’s governorship aspirant Eleka in the upcoming Ekiti governorship poll.