By DAPO AKINREFON
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Ekiti State has assured that the June 21 governorship elections in the state, will be devoid of irregularities like what obtained in previous elections.
INEC’s head of public relations in Ekiti State, Mr Gbadegeshin Taiwo, in a chat with Vanguard, said “the commission is fully prepared and we have put up measures in place to ensure we have free, fair and credible elections. We have been holding series of stakeholders’ fora at the state and local levels to ensure that we have a peaceful atmosphere.”
On plans to overcome security challenges during the elections, he said: “We have the Inter-Agency Committee on election security which is saddled with the responsibility that we do not have any security challenge on the day of the elections. In the same vein, we have been holding series of meetings with the political parties and candidates because we do not want any chaotic situation.”
He further assured that “we are not going to take sides with anybody because we have made it clear enough that we are going to create an enabling environment for all political parties and candidates.”
Responding to allegations of rigging leveled against the commission by the All Progressives Congress, APC, he said “these are the abnormalities in the process. They are free to make any enquiries, when they come, we clear issues with them but when they do not come, they say all sorts of things, they are free to say whatever they like.
On our part, we made it clear that we are going to create a level playing ground for all political parties and candidates. We do not have any profound sympathy for anybody because they are all equal before us. We do not give any political party priority over others. So, for any political party to accuse the compromising at this stage, it is funny.”
Promising that the elections in Ekiti state will not end like the previously conducted polls in Anambra and Ondo States, the commission’s image maker said “let me arrest that perception, we need to change our mindset.”