- There are fears that the credibility of the Ondo guber might be compromised
- The concerns were raised by the Centre for Democracy and Development on Thursday, October 8
- The CDD has expressed worry over INEC's plan to use the NURTW to convey election materials for the poll
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The plan by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to use the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) for the conveyance of sensitive materials for the Ondo gubernatorial election is causing fears.
The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has raised concerns that this move by INEC might delay the arrival of materials at polling units due to logistics problem.
The CDD's director, Idayat Hassan, in a conference on Thursday, October 8, raised fears over the commission's partnership with a union like NURTW and called on the electoral umpire to come up with a backup plan.
In fact, Hassan pointed out that the pact between INEC and the transportation union may endanger the credibility of the Saturday, October 10 poll if care is not taken, The Cable reports.
“The partisan posture of these unions could pose challenges, which may create credibility and logistics problems for the entire process.
“CDD calls on INEC to prepare backup plans just in case there is a system failure in its logistics deployment as a result of the partisan disposition of the transport union.
“Politicians normally resort to the strategy of denouncing INEC so that if they lose the election, they can quickly blame INEC’s alleged compromise as the reason for their loss."
Meanwhile, Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of INEC, said that 16 areas of improvement had been identified to make the forthcoming Ondo governorship election the best so far.
Yakubu said the areas included logistics, prompt response to Smart Card Reader glitches, the menace of vote-buying during elections, and compliance with COVID-19 protocols.
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