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INEC fixes dates for Ekiti, Osun governorship elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed July 14, 2018 for the Ekiti State Governorship election and September 22, 2018 for the Osun State Governorship election.

INEC National Commissioner, Solomon Soyebi, said commencement date of campaigns for Ekiti Governorship election is April 15, 2018 while campaigns for Osun election is scheduled to start on June 24, 2018.

The Anambra governorship election is holding November 18, 2017. The commission promised that the election would be a test case of flawless electoral conduct in the country.

Olawale Uzzi, the Director in-charge of Voters’ Education Department, INEC, Abuja made the position of the commission spoke during Voter Education Providers Implementation Meeting held on Thursday in Awka.

Uzzi said that the commission required a total of 6,200 card reader machines for the conduct of the Anambra election, noting, of the number, more than 5, 000 machines were working optimally.

He harped on the imperative of effective participation saying low involvement of voters in an election was a clear indicator that electoral conduct was poor.

He, however, called on the participants, especially the media, to partner with INEC to mobilize, enlighten and educate the masses on the need for them to take part in the election.

 

Mr Ebenezar Olawale, the State Coordinator of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) commended the effort of INEC in carrying out enlightenment campaigns.

Olawale said NYSC would provide needed support to INEC by allowing willing corps members to serve as ad-hoc staff during the election, saying “we have more than 10, 000 NYSC members, but we are not sure if all of them would be willing to participate.”

 

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