August 9, 2018

INEC assures of readiness for Kogi by-election


By Boluwaji Obahopo

LOKOJA—Ahead of Saturday’s Lokoja/Kogi Federal constituency by-election, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has vowed to conduct credible polls.

The Resident Electoral Commissio-ner, Professor James Apam, who stated this yesterday during a stakeholders meeting in Lokoja, added that until the National Assembly reviews the electoral act to accommodate electronic voting at home through phones, votes buying cannot be totally eliminated.

Professor Apam revealed that distribution of non-sensitive materials will commence to the two local government areas tomorrow (today), while the sensitive materials will be moved on Saturday morning.

Apam disclosed that four ad hoc staff will man each of the 310 polling units in Lokoja and Kogi/Koton-Karfe Local Government areas, stressing that collation of results will be done at Koton-Karfe and Lokoja (headquarters of both council areas), while the final collation will be at INEC office in Lokoja.

He asked stakeholders and the electorate to cooperate for a peaceful by-election, noting that nine political parties will contest the election.