INEC as­sures on cred­i­ble elec­tions

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Hameed Oyeg­bade, Osogbo

The INEC Res­i­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sioner in Osun State, Mr Oluse­gun Ag­baje, has as­sured that the com­mis­sion will con­duct free, fair and cred­i­ble polls in Fe­bru­ary and March.

Speak­ing in Osogbo, the state cap­i­tal, Ag­baje said “Let me use this op­por­tu­nity once again to reit­er­ate the com­mis­sion’s de­ter­mi­na­tion more than ever be­fore to con­duct a very peace­ful, free, cred­i­ble and ac­cept­able elec­tion that will meet the as­pi­ra­tions of all and sundry.

“It is how­ever im­por­tant to point out that if this broad ob­jec­tive must be achieved, all stake­hold­ers must join hands with the com­mis­sion by play­ing their var­i­ous roles in ac­cor­dance with the Con­sti­tu­tion of the Fed­eral Repub­lic of Nige­ria 1999 and the Elec­toral Act 2010 as amended,” Ag­baje said.

He said the com­mis­sion had con­cluded ar­range­ments to take the Per­ma­nent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) to the ru­ral ar­eas for col­lec­tion by their own­ers, adding that the col­lec­tion would take place be­tween Jan­uary Wed­nes­day 16 and Mon­day 21.

He ad­vised those who are yet to col­lect their PVCs to use the op­por­tu­nity to do so, stress­ing that only those that have valid PVCs would be al­lowed to cast vote dur­ing the elec­tion.

He dis­closed that a to­tal of 1,253,484 PVCs had been dis­trib­uted out of 1,681,930, leav­ing a to­tal of 428,446 un­col­lected.

Pro­fes­sor Mah­mood Yakubu

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