INEC promises credible polls in Ekiti, Osun

Voters in the Ondo election
Voters in the Ondo election

The Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, has pledged to conduct credible elections in Ekiti and Osun in 2018.

Adedeji Soyebi, the INEC National Commissioner for South West Zone, made the pledge while speaking with journalists on Wednesday at the Zonal Strategic Plan Retreat for field officers of the commission in Ibadan.

Mr. Soyebi said the previous polls had been successful, adding that “any election conducted this year or other time will not be an exception.”

“It will based on the principle we have used in conducting elections.

“INEC will build on its various achievements in the conduct of free, fair and credible elections and make sure that there is tremendous improvement in the future elections,” Mr. Soyebi said.

The commissioner said the Zonal Strategic Plan was aimed at generating ideas and inputs from electoral officers on the field before embarking on any national plan in readiness for the 2019 elections.

“At the end of the retreat, a synthetic report will be ready which the commission will present at a national stakeholders meeting involving political parties, civil society organisations, security apparatus and other stakeholders in the conduct of elections,’’ he said

Mr. Soyebi urged the participants to make meaningful contributions that would play vital roles in assisting the commission to be more effective.

Earlier in his address of welcome, Ariyo Ayoola, the Acting Administrative Secretary of INEC in Oyo State, said the commission would develop a new strategic plan.

According to Mr. Ayoola, the plan is expected to lead the nation to another successful general election in 2019.

He commended the commission for taking the retreat to the states to elicit local content, noting that the move was an attempt at ensuring collective ownership of the final copy of the strategic plan.

Mr. Ariyo, who said the shared experiences of the participants would enrich the outcome of the 2017-2021 strategic Plan, urged participants to make rich inputs.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that participants were drawn from staff of INEC in all the South West states.

(NAN)


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  • Gerald Okoduwa

    How do you conduct credible elections when you have refused to infuse technology into your strategies? INEC cannot be doing the same thing over and expect different results. You have refused to work towards electronic voting or even improve the functionality of the existing card readers. Which magic do you want to employ to take us away from money-induced voting, ballot snatching and falsification of collated results? Technology initiatives stagnated at INEC at the exit of Jega and Mike Iginni. Current INEC Chairman should demonstrate willingness to take Nigeria out of electoral woods.

  • Say the truth

    I just hope OSUn people will see this as an opportunity and cease the occasion to correct the wrong? If you elected another governor because someone else said you are on your own. For 16 years Lagos was in opposition yet they recorded giant strides.