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Edo: INEC dismisses allegations in opposition to Yakubu

By Okodili Ndidi, Abuja

The Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) has vowed to use most sanctions in opposition to any official, workers or ad-hoc workers that may breach the Fee’s oath of neutrality or interact in any electoral malfeasance in the course of the Edo State governorship election.

The Fee additionally mentioned that it’s going to stay centered on delivering a free and honest election and gained’t be distracted by the flurry of propaganda perpetrated by political events taking part within the election.

Nationwide Commissioner and Chairman Info and Voter Training Committee, Festus Okoye who was responding to allegations that the INEC Nationwide Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, mentioned that “the Fee is absolutely centered on delivering the Nasarawa State Constituency bye-election; the Edo and Ondo States finish of tenure Governorship elections and all different bye-elections which might be nonetheless pending”.

He careworn additional that, “these elections are happening at a really tough and unsure interval and the Fee is charting a brand new path for electoral integrity and the conduct of elections in tough circumstances”.

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In accordance with him, “in the previous few days, Political Events have been partaking in propaganda referring to the Edo Governorship election. One of many propagandists claimed that the Chief of Employees to the President known as the Chairman of the Fee and directed him to rig the Edo Governorship election in return for second time period.

“An internet supply mentioned that the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, known as the Chairman and requested for a similar factor. One other supply has additionally claimed that the previous Senate President Olusola Saraki by means of a third social gathering is placing strain on the Chairman to rig Edo Governorship election on behalf of his Occasion in change for a second time period in workplace.

“The Fee is absolutely centered on delivering the Nasarawa State Constituency bye-election; the Edo and Ondo States finish of tenure Governorship elections and all different bye-elections which might be nonetheless pending. These elections are happening at a really tough and unsure interval and the Fee is charting a brand new path for electoral integrity and the conduct of elections in tough circumstances”.

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He added that, “the Chairman and Nationwide Commissioners are coverage makers within the electoral course of and the election in Edo State will likely be carried out and managed by the Resident Electoral Commissioner and the Electoral Officers on the varied Native Governments.

“The Chairman and Nationwide Commissioners won’t take part in or interact in futuristic projections, hypothesis, innuendoes and conspiracy theories on electoral malfeasance. Our process is to conduct credible elections and people on the frontline will likely be younger women and men that may function Presiding Officers, Assistant Presiding Officers and Supervisory Presiding Officers.

“Senior Lecturers and Professors in Federal Tertiary Establishments will collate the outcomes and make returns. Each Political Occasion taking part within the election has the discretion to appoint and have ballot or social gathering brokers at every polling unit within the State.

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“It’s gratuitous, mischievous, unfounded and presumptive to imagine {that a} single particular person can, in a digital age manipulate an election and return a person as duly elected”.

Okoye careworn additional that, “elections are carried out on the polling models. The Chairman and Nationwide Commissioners won’t be within the 2, 627 polling and 192 Registration Areas in Edo State the place outcomes will likely be collated.

“The Fee will stay centered and won’t be distracted. The registered voters in Edo State will determine the end result of the election and no person else. The Fee stays irrevocably dedicated to the conduct of credible elections and can by no means condone any try and compromise the integrity of any election”.

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