As the Ondo State election date draws nearer there have been a lot of preparations both outward and inward going on. One of the preparation is the meeting of the INEC Boss, Yakubu and the state’s traditional rulers.
Professor Mahmood Yakubu who was in Akure with the traditional rulers on Thursday revealed that work is going on to ensure that polls are opened early and results are declared early, especially in the riverine areas.
Mr. Yakubu further stressed that the Ondo State gubernatorial election with has been slated to hold on October 10, that special focus will be directed to places that have difficult terrains so that materials will be sent early and results will be concluded out of these places in normal time.
Read his full statement below…
“Just yesterday, we discovered that between Ese-Odo and Ilaje, we have 270 polling units that are riverine areas.
“So, we’ve to quickly mobilise the boats and to get the results out early.
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“The last time we had the support that we needed because the boats that we use to move materials and to bring results back have no headlights, so they are hardly used at night, but the Navy provided support because their boats have illumination.
“Fortunately, the law empowers the commission to seek the support of the military in moving materials to locations.
“So, I assure you that we’re leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that we deploy promptly and will also get results out to the state capital in good time.
“The longer it takes to make a declaration, people will begin to assume something fishy is about to happen with the result.
“So, we will ensure that results are promptly deployed and declared to restore people’s confidence in the electoral system.”
He added: “We will continue to take steps to ensure that we do so, but it is happening in a number of ways.
“We can only handle or attempt to solve this problem, while it happens at the polling unit level.
“But when it happens outside the polling unit, it’s difficult to track the perpetrators now that we are aware that vote-buying has gone digital.
“They now transfer money electronically ahead of the election, no longer during the election.
“So, we’ll continue to do whatever we can to ensure that people don’t buy votes at the polling units.”
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