By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA—The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday, said it has perfected strategies that will aid it to conduct a conclusive governorship election in Ondo State.
The commission stated this at an interactive session with a coalition of over 60 Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, that monitored the governorship election in Edo State on September 28.
The electoral body further gave insights into some of the strategies it employed in Edo State that helped it to ensure that the governorship election was concluded on schedule.
Represented at the event by one of its National Commissioners, Mrs Amina Zakari, INEC said that it effectively sensitised all the electoral officers it deployed for the Edo State governorship poll against induced cancellation of results.
Zakari maintained that despite the destruction of election materials and result sheets by thugs in some polling centres, the commission still succeeded in getting the results back through its online platforms, especially via WhatsApp.
She said that INEC had, prior to the election, created a WhatsApp group for all the collation officers, a development she said made the sharing of information very easy, saying that the commission equally established a good result management system that helped it to track and monitor all the processes.
Zakari described as appalling, attitude of some politicians in Edo State, who she said were bent on winning the election at all cost.
She said that the situation led to cancellation of results in some areas.
According to her, “Many cancellations were as a result of over-voting. We cannot take any result that cannot stand.
“Again, violence was another factor. When voters, out of fear, stayed in their homes, the thugs were there to fill in the gap. Generally, the Edo election went well, security wise, except some pockets of challenges.”