Ondo : INEC Expresses Optimism Of Credible Election

24 September 2020 by Kayode Oyedare.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC says sensitive materials for the Ondo State Governorship election will arrive Akure on Oct. 5.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this during an interaction with the media in Akure, the Ondo State Capital.

Prof Yakubu said the non-sensitive materials for the election had been delivered.

He said the commission had moved enough card readers to Ondo State for the election, adding that they were being configured in Akure.

The INEC Chairman expl3 that the Z-pad used in Edo for transmission of Polling Units results to the commission result view portal would be deployed to Ondo State.

The Chairman urged media organisations to sensitive the electorate on the need for peaceful election, voters turnout and adherence to the COVID-19 protocols.

Prof Yakubu however expressed worry over incidents of violence involving supporters of some of the political parties in the state.

On awareness, he said INEC had produced voter education materials for the print and electronic media to educate the voters to turn out en mass to vote.

He stressed the importance of obeying health instructions in the era of COVID-19 such as No face mask, no voting; orderly queue in the polling units, including the observance of social distancing.

Prof Yakubu further said that the National Peace Committee Chaired by the former Head of State, retired Gen. Abdulsalm Abubakar would also organise signing of peace accord in Ondo state as it did in Edo.

He said the peace accord would take place on Oct. 6 in Akure, while INEC’s regular stakeholders meeting with political parties and their candidates will hold on Oct. 5.

Prof Yakubu said that out of the 14 activities scheduled for Ondo State Governorship election, 12 had been accomplished remaining submission of the list of polling agents or political parties and the conduct of the election.

He said the commission would remain professional and neutral in the election, as the electorate would determine the next Governor of Ondo state.

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