We are 98% ready for Saturday polls in Ondo - REC

We are 98% ready for Saturday polls in Ondo - REC

- The resident electoral commissioner in Ondo state, Dr Rufus Akeju, says the commission is 98% ready for Saturday, February 23 election

- Nigerians will be casting their ballots for presidential candidates and those seeking to representing the people at the National Assembly

- Dr Akeju says INEC will ensure a free and fair general elections and also give the candidates of the political parties a level playing ground

Dr Rufus Akeju, the resident electoral commissioner in Ondo state has said INEC has taken delivery of sensitive materials and 98% ready to conduct the presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday, February 23.

Akeju made this known in Akure on Friday, February 22, while speaking with journalists on the commission’s preparedness for the exercise, News Agency of Nigeria reports.

Legit.ng gathers that the REC said the commission had also reconfigured the smart card readers that would be deployed to appropriate polling units in the state.

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He further said all the fresh timelines for the conduct of the rescheduled elections were being met.

Akeju said the materials for the rescheduled elections retrieved from the vault of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) would be deployed in time to the polling units across the state.

He said that all the stakeholders in the electoral process in the state monitored the distribution of the materials after they were retrieved from CBN.

He said: “I can tell you that in Ondo state, we are 98 per cent ready to hold the Saturday election.

“Right now, we are faster because some of the materials have already been moved to the Registration Area Centres."

Akeju, however, reaffirmed that INEC would ensure a free and fair general elections and also give the candidates of the political parties a level playing ground.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari challenged the electorate on the need to honour their civic duty as voters by going to the polls on Saturday, February 23, to vote for candidates of their choice.

The president, in a nationwide broadcast in Abuja on Friday, February 22, said eligible voters were duty bound to participate in electing a government that would lead Nigeria to its finest destiny.

He said the call had become imperative in view of the fact that “elections are the cornerstone of representative governance and voting constitutes the highest and best expression of the sovereign will of the people to choose the government that best represents them”.

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