- INEC is putting finishing touches to preparations for the Ondo state governorship election
- Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the INEC chairman has disclosed that the commission will be making use of Z-pads
- According to him, the Z-pad will be used to upload results from all the polling units, wards, and local government areas
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With less than three weeks to the Ondo guber poll, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said Z-pad used during the Edo state governorship election for the transmission of Polling Units (PUs) results would be deployed to the state.
This was disclosed on Thursday, September 24, by Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the INEC chairman during a media interaction in Akure, The Nation reports.
The INEC chairman explained that the commission has already moved the Z-pads from its state office in Benin City to Akure.
He went on to note that the same technology will be used to upload results from all the 3,009 polling units, 203 wards, and the 18 local government areas of Ondo state.
Yakubu while noting sensitive materials for the Ondo state governorship election will arrive Akure on October 5, added that non-sensitive materials for the polls have been delivered.
However, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) cautioned INEC on the use of Z-pad for the gubernatorial election.
The party's spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement described the Z-pad as unreliable, adding that it could compromise voter accreditation process.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that ahead of the forthcoming election in Ondo state, INEC has ordered the replacement of over 5,000 card readers that were destroyed in the fire at its headquarters in Akure.
The commission said 6,000 smart card readers would be transferred from its Oyo state office for the conduct of the October 10 poll in Ondo.
The INEC’s spokesperson, Festus Okoye, said on Thursday, September 17, in Akure that an order had been given for replacement from Oyo state.
Similarly, INEC has expressed readiness to conduct a smooth gubernatorial election in Ondo just like it did in Edo state.
This promise was made by INEC's national chairman during his three-day visit to Akure, Ondo state capital to assess the preparedness of the commission's staff members ahead of the poll.
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