2019 polls’ll be cred­i­ble – Kwara REC

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The Kwara State Res­i­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sioner of the In­de­pen­dent, Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion, Malam Garba Madami, has said that the 2019 gen­eral elec­tions will be the best elec­tions ever in Nige­ria.

He stated that the com­mis­sion had ad­dressed iden­ti­fied loop­holes in pre­vi­ous elec­tions and was poised to de­liver trans­par­ent, cred­i­ble, free and fair elec­tions.

He spoke on Satur­day, in Ilorin, the Kwara State cap­i­tal dur­ing a

po­lit­i­cal sen­si­ti­sa­tion sem­i­nar or­gan­ised by the Na­tional Coun­cil of Mus­lim Youth Or­gan­i­sa­tions, Kwara State chap­ter.

He said, “If you ob­serve the 2015 elec­tion and you com­pare it with the 2011, there was a lit­tle im­prove­ment. One of the rea­sons that made 2015 to be a bit cred­i­ble was be­cause of the

card reader that was in­tro­duced and the Per­ma­nent Voter Card for ac­cred­i­ta­tion. In 2015, the card read­ers had lit­tle prob­lem but we have worked on it and it is bet­ter now.

“That is why you see the re­sults of elec­tions are just nar­row. There is no more wide mar­gins and the politi­cians have de­cided to go into vote buy­ing. We are mak­ing ef­forts to check vote buy­ing. There are lots of cred­i­bil­ity is­sues be­ing in­tro­duced now. Even the bal­lot pa­per is coded. You can­not carry one bal­lot pa­per of one lo­cal gov­ern­ment to an­other LG. That gives me con­fi­dence that 2019 will be one of the best elec­tions ever con­ducted in this coun­try.”

He said the by-elec­tion of No­vem­ber 17 for Oke-ero/ Ek­iti/isin Fed­eral Con­stituency would be a trial run for the com­mis­sion in 2019 elec­tion in Kwara State.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the elec­tion will be fair, free, trans­par­ent and cred­i­ble.

The elec­tion is mainly for the can­di­date of the All Pro­gres­sives Con­gress, Tunji Olawuyi, and his Peo­ples

Demo­cratic Party can­di­date, Sa­heed Alatishe. The can­di­dates emerged through con­sen­sus method and the win­ner will re­place the late Funke Ade­doyin, who oc­cu­pied the po­si­tion be­fore her death on Septem­ber 28.

Mean­while, the Kwara State APC Chair­man, Mr Bashir Bo­lar­inwa, has said the party will dis­lodge the cur­rent rul­ing po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship in the state.

He added that the out­come of the elec­tion would give in­di­ca­tion of their readi­ness to un­seat the po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship of the Se­nate Pres­i­dent, Dr Bukola Saraki, in the state.

Speak­ing dur­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the com­mit­tee for the elec­tion, he said mem­bers of the fed­eral con­stituency would vote wisely.

He said, “This time around, op­por­tu­nity should be given to the peo­ple of Kwara to choose who their lead­ers are. We are op­pos­ing a sit­u­a­tion where a sin­gle per­son will de­cide our fate.

“One man that has been lord­ing it over other peo­ple in Kwara is Dr Bukola Saraki who has de­cided to put Kwara in his pocket and we want to show the world that Kwarans are wiser now. They are ready to take their des­tiny in their hands.”

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