Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Mahmood Yakubu has reassured the people of INEC’s readiness to beat the Ekiti State record during the July 16 Osun Stae governorship election.

Yakubu inspected non-sensitive materials at the INEC Office in Osogbo yesterday. He was with the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Prof. Abdulganiy Raji and other officials of the commission. He said INEC is prepared to deliver a hitch-free exercise.

The chairman urged the electoral to be proactive in their duties ahead of the election, especially by making appropriate plans for logistics.

He said: “Identify the Registration Area Centres (RAC) so that on Election Day you can activate the centres as early as 6am. We should be waiting for the electorate, not otherwise.

“Remember Ekiti was good, but we want Osun, and even the 2023 general election, to beat that record. We rely on you for transportation, early movement of materials, liaison with the security, moving them in good time, we must do this right. At the RAC centres, ensure adequate electricity so that they can recharge equipment like the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) and power banks so that on Election Day we can have a seamless exercise.”

After inspecting the non-sensitive materials, Yakubu visited polling units like the Salvation Army School, Alekuwodo; CAC Araromi, Osogbo; Oloti Unit 3, Iragbiji, and Ikirun. He also visited youth corps members serving at Laro Grammar School, and who have been trained as ad hic staff for the poll.

At CAC Araromi, Yakubu said: “We are here to assess the commission’s readiness to conduct the July 16 election, and also to visit some designated centres while doing a mock accreditation exercise.

“In this particular centre, we achieve 100 per cent success for all those who presented themselves for accreditation so far. I will be back next week to meet with stakeholders, then there will be signing of Peace Accord under the auspices of National Peace Committee. That is our mission.”


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