By Rotimi Ojomoyela
The Ekiti INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof. Abdul-Ganiyu Olayinka Raji, on Monday declared that the electoral umpire would not compromise its autonomy, transparency, integrity, and excellence ahead of and during the election.
The INEC boss identified poverty, voter apathy, illiteracy, greed and thirst for power at all cost, as factors inhibiting free, fair and credible elections.
Olayinka Raji said this at a Town hall meeting organised by Democracy Vanguard, a Civil Society Organisation working on Good Governance and Democracy. The INEC boss who was represented by Mr. Taiwo Gbadegesin, the INEC Public Relations Officer, said the agency is “committed to conduct a free, fair and credible election for sustainable democracy in Ekiti State.”
Raji , however, recommended that “erring officials and security operatives found wanting on election duties should be severely punished according to the dictates of the law while other civil society groups in Ekiti State should tow the path of Democracy Vanguard in sensitizing the electorates.”