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INEC promises credible election in Ekiti

12 February 2014, 21:20

Ado-Ekiti - The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Atahiru Jega, said on Wednesday in Ado-Ekiti that the scheduled June 21 governorship election in Ekiti would  be the best in Nigeria.

Jega gave the assurance at a stakeholders forum organised by the commission for political parties and their aspirants, ahead of the poll.

He said that everything possible would be made by him personally to ensure that Nigerians give INEC a pass mark at the end of the exercise.

INEC chairman also promised that the experience of Anambra governorship election would not repeat itself.

"After appraising the entire Anambra poll and the criticisms that followed it, I observed that the only area we had major problem was logistics which we have resolved to tackle headlong as far as Ekiti is concerned.

"I want to assure every election stakeholder here present that such experience will never repeat itself in Ekiti," he promised.

Jega also vowed to deal with any INEC staff found guilty of allegations that bother on morality, manipulation and corruption among others.

He asked that any staff of INEC in the state, including the Resident Electoral Commissioner found to be partial or partisan in his or her duty should be reported to the headquarters of the commission.

He assured all parties and aspirants of a level playing ground, and warned that any petition against his staff must be backed with facts.

Among the about 5 000 political stakeholders present at the meeting were former governors Ayo Fayose and  Niyi Adebayo, and Opeyemi Bamidele, a Labour Party member of the House of Representatives.

Others were Makanjuola Ogundipe, Chairman of the state PDP; his APC and Labour Party counterparts, Jide Awe, and Kunle Omole, respectively.

-  NAN

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