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Countdown to Governorship Polls: INEC says Ondo state is ready
The Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC] today said the commission has put all the necessary apparatus in place to ensure that it conducts the fairest and freest election in the coming October 20, governorship election in Ondo State.
Besides, the electoral body confirmed that 1,654,205 legible voters who registered for the last 2011 general elections would be participating in the coming gubernatorial poll.
The INEC Director ,Voters Registration, Mr. Emmanuel Akem disclosed this at a Public Presentation of Soft Copies of the Voters’ Register to the 13 political parties that will be participating in the election in Akure, the state capital.
He explained that the female represented 50.10 percent, while the male represented 49.80 percent of the total number of electorate who will be voting during the election.
Akem also noted that the State voters register’s statistic proved that the students category have over 400,000 illegible voters that will be participating in the poll.
His words, “the total number of persons registered during the 2011 voter registration exercise in Ondo State is 1,654,205 the Addendum figure is 7,539, while the ever figure is now 1,646,666. The female in the state carried the majority percentage which about 50.10 percent and the Male, 49.80 percent”.
The State Resident Electoral Commissioner [REC], Mr. Akin Orebiyi said INEC has provided enough logistics to ensure that the officials are not compromised during the poll.
He assured that electoral materials would arrive various units across the state before 8.am in order to guard against any irregularities during the poll.
According to him, “We only 2007out of 2009 and we are assuring all the good people of the state that the election materials will arrive various polling units very early. INEC will commence the distribution of voting materials by Friday morning, which will be on October 19, and before the night all the materials will have been in all the units.
“All Party Agents, INEC officials and the security agents are expected to monitor all this material from the INEC office to the various units”
“We should check the register carefully and ensure that it is not tampering with. Every single person who registered in 2011 voter registration exercise will have the rights to participate during the election. INEC is ready for Ondo State Poll.
The REC urged the political parties to submit the forms of their polling agents before October 12, stressing that the electoral body is trying to guard against the movement of unauthorized people during the Election Day.
“We must account for every single political party agent that is why we have produce forms for them and they are expected to submit them before October 12, with two passports each.
“At the units’ level, each of the political parties will present 2007 agents, 203 ward agents, 18 in each local government, and one each at state level.”