As tensions are heightened ahead of the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, has emphasized that it is only the people of Ekiti that would determine who their next Governor would be.
Professor Yakubu, who addressed an audience that comprised candidates, civil society groups, traditional rulers and party supporters at the Election Stakeholders’ Meeting, held at the Great Eagle Hall, Ado-Ekiti on 9th July, Prof. Yakubu affirmed that only the choice made by the people of Ekiti State and nothing else, will determine the outcome of the election.
He assured the audience that INEC would not take any action to the advantage or disadvantage of any political party or candidate.
His words: “No election material will be tampered with. If anything, we have introduced additional safeguard to protect the integrity of our manual and electronic processes and procedures.”
He added: “After the votes have been sorted out and counted, a copy of the result sheet at each polling unit (Form EC8A) will be given to party agents as usual. However, since the Anambra State Governorship election held in November 2017, we have introduced an additional measure of transparency. The same result recorded on EC8A will be entered into a poster (EC60E) and pasted at the polling unit for public information.”
The INEC Chairman also disclosed that both ad-hoc and full time officials of the Commission have been placed under strict instruction to remain neutral. He recalled that INEC began preparations for the election with the release of the timetable and schedule of activities on 5th October 2017, in which 14 activities were identified based on extant laws and the Commission’s regulations and guidelines.