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INEC Chairman’s Message On Imo, Kogi, Bayelsa Governorship Elections


Less than 24 hours to the November 11 off-cycle governorship election in Imo, Kogi and Bayelsa States, the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has restated it’s commitment to safeguard the process and ensure a level playing ground for all political parties and candidates.

Chairman of the Commission, Mahmood Yakubu who made this known in his message on the governorship election, called on both regular and ad-hoc staff of the Commission deployed for the election to demonstrate the highest level of patriotism and professionalism.

He disclosed that the Commission has deployed two National Commissioners, nine Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) and Administrative Secretaries (ASs) as well as additional staff from different States to each of the three States to support the process.

“In less than 48 hours, 5,169,692 Nigerians who collected their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) are expected to vote in off-cycle Governorship elections. This is the first time in our history that these elections are held on the same day and across three geo-political zones of the country: North Central (Kogi), South East (Imo) and South South (Bayelsa).

“We have delivered all sensitive and non-sensitive materials for the elections.
The Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) have been configured for deployment to Polling Units as the only means of voter verification and fingerprint/facial biometric authentication of voters.

“Polling Unit results will be uploaded to the INEC Result Viewing (IReV) portal. All election duty officials have been trained. Arrangements have been made for land and maritime transportation to enable us commence voting on schedule. In spite of the extremely difficult terrain and physical infrastructure in some locations, we are determined to ensure that our officials are there waiting for voters rather than the voters waiting for our arrival,” he said.

Prof. Yakubu further maintained that INEC is not a political party and has no candidate in the governorship elections, adding that the choice of who becomes the Governor of Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi States is entirely in the hands of voters.

He assured that INEC would continue to ensure free, fair, credible and inclusive elections in the country, while urging
Political parties and candidates that have signed the peace accord under the auspices of the National Peace Committee (NPC) to maintain the peace and play our roles during the election.

“Election is a multi-stakeholder responsibility. As with every election, lessons have been learnt from recent elections.

“We will continue to ensure free, fair and credible and inclusive elections but INEC cannot do it alone. We have received assurances from the security agencies that the environment will be secure for electoral activities and all participants: voters, electoral officials, accredited observers, the media and polling/collation agents.

“Political parties and candidates have signed the peace accord under the auspices of the National Peace Committee (NPC).

“Let us maintain the peace and play our roles conscientiously. By doing so, we shall continue to consolidate our democracy,” he said.

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