- Ahead of the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states, the INEC has vowed to restore voters confidence
- The spokesman of the commission, Festus Okoye, said they intend to carry out ‘a robust’ voter education
- Okoye, however, urged political parties to conduct their primaries in line with the provisions of the Electoral Act
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) disclosed that it is doing everything possible to restore the confidence of voters in the governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi states.
Festus Okoye who made this known while speaking during his appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today, said the commission was working hard to conduct credible elections in both states on November 16.
Okoye said: “Based on what we are hearing from the stakeholders, we are going to move into Bayelsa and Kogi states early enough to build the confidence of the voters and the confidence of the stakeholders.
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“So we are going to move in on time and hold meetings with the religious leaders, civil society groups and organisations, political parties, security agencies with all the critical stakeholders."
The INEC official explained that they intend to carry out ‘a robust’ voter education to ensure the people of the states understand their processes and procedures.
According to him, the electoral umpire will build the confidence of the people and make them understand that it is ready to conduct an election they will be proud of.
Okoye, who is also INEC national commissioner, urged political parties to conduct their primaries in line with the provisions of the Electoral Act. He stressed that Sections 87 and 31 of the Act already explained how political parties should field candidates that would fly their flags in the governorship elections.
“The ones that we can do administratively, we will carry them out; the ones that need legislative intervention, if a new law comes into being before then, we will implement them," he said.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the INEC declared that it had commenced the recruitment training and deployment of ad-hoc staff ahead of Bayelsa and Kogi states elections.
The disclosure was made in Abuja by INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, on Friday, June 28. This was during the a policy dialogue on “Dynamics of delegation: Reforms in the recruitment, training and deployment of ad-hoc election personnel”, held in Abuja and organised by the electoral institute.
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