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Edo: INEC dismisses allegations towards Yakubu

By Okodili Ndidi, Abuja

The Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) has vowed to use most sanctions towards any official, workers or ad-hoc workers that can 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 stated that it’ll 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, stated that “the Fee is totally 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 can be nonetheless pending”.

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

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In accordance with him, “in the previous couple of days, Political Events have been participating 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 stated 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 stress on the Chairman to rig Edo Governorship election on behalf of his Occasion in trade for a second time period in workplace.

“The Fee is totally 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 can be nonetheless pending. These elections are happening at a really troublesome and unsure interval and the Fee is charting a brand new path for electoral integrity and the conduct of elections in troublesome 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 can be performed and managed by the Resident Electoral Commissioner and the Electoral Officers on the numerous Native Governments.

“The Chairman and Nationwide Commissioners is not going to 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 can be younger women and men that can 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 pressured additional that, “elections are performed on the polling models. The Chairman and Nationwide Commissioners is not going to be within the 2, 627 polling and 192 Registration Areas in Edo State the place outcomes can be collated.

“The Fee will stay centered and won’t be distracted. The registered voters in Edo State will resolve the result of the election and no one else. The Fee stays irrevocably dedicated to the conduct of credible elections and can not at all condone any try and compromise the integrity of any election”.

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