Ahead of tomorrow’s Governorship and House of Assembly Polls, the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has warned that violence will not be tolerated in the course of elections.
INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner(REC) for Ogun State, Mr. Niyi Ijalaye, who gave the warning to residents at the INEC State Headquarters in Ogun State said all was set for tomorrow’s election.
Ijalaye said all sensitive and non-sensitive materials for the election had been deployed to the 20 local Government Areas in the state.
“The sensitive materials were deployed on Wednesday, 2 days ago and they arrived safely at their respective locations”, he said.
The Ogun State REC revealed that the Registration Area Centres RAC were in the process of being activated, assuring that he was about embarking on inspection tour of the Local Government Areas to ensure strict adherence and compliance to appropriate activation standards of RACs.
On the issue of Security during the elections, the REC said “At the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee On Election Security (ICCES)meeting co-chaired by the Commissioner of Police and myself, the Commissioner has assured that security will be adequate”.
He therefore urged all residents of the gateway city to come out enmasse on Saturday 18th of March, to vote for their preferred candidates in the elections without fear of intimidation.
“We want people to go out and exercise their franchise, and then if they wish to stay for their votes to get counted , they are free to do that, but we don’t want any drop of blood to be spilled in Ogun state. That’s our target”, ijalaye emphasized.
An officer in the Publicity and Voter Education Department, Mr Opeyemi Ajayi disclosed that activities at the Election Management Support Centre otherwise called the Situation Room would kick start in few hours.
The Centre according to Mr. Ajayi, would enable the Commission to monitor it’s officials on the field as well as the level of preparedness at the Local Government Areas and RACs.