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Electoral commission promises credible poll

22 July 2013, 12:00

IIorin - The Kwara Independent Electoral Commission said it had started preparations to ensure credible and acceptable local government election on Oct. 26.

The chairman of the commission, AbdulRahman Ajidagba, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in IIorin.

Ajidagba said the research and documentation unit of the commission had taken steps to guide against any flaws during the election.

The chairman said the commission would work tirelessly to ensure timely arrival of electoral materials at the polling centres in the 16 local government areas of the state.

He said all arrangements had been perfected to use boats and other logistics to transport electoral materials to riverine areas of the, and that the commission would soon start a sensitisation programme in the areas to ensure a hitch-free poll.

"The commission will soon begin a tour of the local government areas to meet with stakeholders, including traditional rulers in an effort to ensure credible, free and fair election,’’ he said.

The chairman said the commission had identified 1 870 polling units across the state where election would take place.

Ajidagba also said that campaign by the various political parties would end on Oct. 25.

"Aspirants from all political parties should guide against campaign of calumny and the use of thugs,’’ the chairman warned.

The chairman, who said the state government did not interfere in the activities of the commission, assured all parties of level-playing field.

He warned aspirants and supporters against indiscriminate pasting of posters in unauthorised  places.

 - NAN


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