INEC Speaks on Readiness for Ondo Poll

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INEC Speaks on Readiness for Ondo Poll
Nwolu Obiajulu

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu yesterday assured the public of its readiness to conduct a free, fair and credible election in Ondo State.

Yakubu disclosed this in a chat with journalists during his official visit to the Ondo State INEC headquarters in Akure.

The assurance came after over 5000 card readers were destroyed by fire at its Akure office last month ahead of the October 10 governorship election in the state.

“We are ready for the election. The same preparation we made for Edo is the same we will make for Ondo. The purpose of this visit is for us to see practically what the state office has done, we also need to engage some of the stakeholders.

“We are meeting with the council of traditional rulers, and then thereafter the security agencies. We will meet with our staff; we have requested that all our staff in the 18 local governments to come to Akure on Friday. We will use the opportunity to see the level of preparation.

“We are coming back in a week for stakeholders’ meeting and the signing of the peace accord. But this visit is essentially to meet our own officials to see the level of preparation,” he said.

The INEC chairman added that the commission will deploy zee pads to upload election results in real time just as the commission did in Edo.

He said, “Equally and importantly, we used the zee pads to upload the results on the election day in real time. We have moved the zee pads from Edo to Ondo State for the election. At the polling units, you will see both cards readers and the zee pads. So, we are fully prepared for the election.”

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