Ondo Election: Sensitive Materials To Arrive Akure Oct. 5

The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC says sensitive materials for Ondo State Governorship election will arrive Akure on Oct. 5.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this during an interaction with the media in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

Prof Yakubu said that the non-sensitive materials for the election had been delivered.

He said that the commission had moved enough card readers to Ondo State for the conduct of the election, adding that they were being configured and charged in Akure.

The chairman said that the Z-pad used in Edo for the transmission of Polling Units PUs results to the commission result view portal would be deployed to Ondo State.

The chairman urged the media organisations to sensitise electorates on the need for peaceful election, voters turnout and adherence to the COVID-19 protocols.

Prof Yakubu however expressed worry over incidents of violence involving supporters of some of the political parties in the state.

On awareness, he said that INEC had produced many voter education materials for the print and electronic media to educate the voters to turn out en mass to vote.

‘The importance of obeying health instructions in the era of COVID-19. No face mask, no voting; orderly queue in the polling units, including the observance of social distancing.”

Prof Yakubu further said that the National Peace Committee chaired by the former Head of State, retired Gen. Abdulsalm Abubakar would also be organising signing of peace accord in Ondo state as it did in Edo.

He said the peace accord will take place on Oct. 6 in Akure, while INEC regular stakeholders meeting with the political parties and their candidates will hold on Oct. 5.

Prof Yakubu said that out of the 14 activities scheduled for Ondo State governorship election, 12 had been accomplished remaining submission of the list of polling agents or political parties and the conduct of the election.

He said the commission would remain professional and neutral in the election, saying the electorate would determine the next governor of Ondo state.




Kayode Oyedare/Abuja

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