- INEC has conveyed words of encouragement to its staff ahead of the Edo election
- The electoral umpire stated that it is committed to improving the welfare and conditions of its workers
- Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the body, warned that no political party or candidate must be accorded any undue advantage
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With less than twenty-four hours to the Edo state governorship election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has sent a crucial message to its staff.
In a statement on Friday, September 18, signed by the commission's chairman Mahmood Yakubu, INEC expressed hope that its staff "will rise to occasion" and give a level ground to all the political parties and candidates partaking in the guber poll.
Yakubu, who emphasised that all eyes are on INEC, charged the commission' staff to make sacrifices in carrying out their duties.
He further added that INEC will "continue to improve the welfare and conditions of service of staff within the available resources."
"Let me appeal to all of you to remain steadfast and committed to the ideals of the Commission. Nigerians and the international community expect so much from us. They are watching. It is important that we all remain above board in the performance of our respective duties.
"We must ensure that no political party or candidate is accorded any advantage over the other. We must be neutral at all times and stick strictly to our Code of Conduct and Oath of Neutrality to which we have all subscribed.
"For, at the end of the day, we would have all contributed to the sustenance of democracy and a strong electoral process that all Nigerians can trust," the INEC boss charged.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Nyesom Wike sent a crucial message to a teeming legion of the electorate in Edo, with the Rivers governor warning that voting APC into power would send the southsouth state to the dark era of godfatherism.
Edo guber election has been scheduled for Saturday, September 19, by INEC with the pre-election discussion raising a possible fear of violence.
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