From Tunde Rahman, Lokoja
The Independent National Electoral Commission has expressed it’s readiness for the November 16 gubernatorial election and kogi west senatorial rerun election.
The national chairman of the commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu disclosed this yesterday in Lokoja at the stakeholders meeting with political parties and their candidates in the forth coming election.
He reiterated that the use of smart card reader is sancrosant for the November 16 gubernatorial election.Prof Mahmood announced that the commission has implimented 12 steps out of the expected 14 needed to guaranty fair, credible transparent and conclusive election in the state.
“The remaining 2step will be completed in the next 2 days which is the distribution of the sensitive materials for the election and the election itself”.
He pleaded for peace to enable the commission complete it’s jobs which is aimed at conducting a free, fair,credible and conclusive election for in Kogi state.
Prof Mahmood warned politicians against hate speech and all forms of electiral violence a thing he said the commission will reject in totality.
He admonished parents to caution their wards from being used as political thugs and hoodlooms to draw back the state democratic process.
“Parents have crucial roles to play in ensuring that their children are not allowed to be used as thugs to destabilize the election”.
He also expressed satisfaction with the level of preparation of the commission and concluded that “the commission is ready to go for the election.”
In his remarks, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Haruna said the entire police command is ready for the elections and that his men have been fully mobilised for the operation of the election.
“We are fully ready for the election across the 3 senatorial districts our men have started arriving Kogi state for the election.
“We have mobilised enough man power and personel for the operation and waiting for directives from us,” he said.
The Director General of the National Youth Service Corps Brigadier General Ibrahim also said the corps members to be used for the operation are ready and set for the election.
He pleaded for the safety of the corps members “These are your sons and daughters, their safety should be our priority”.
He cautioned against snatching of ballot boxes and hate speech which could lead violence.
The stakeholders meeting was attended by top ranking INEC officials and all top ranking police officers in Nigeria.
News Hub Mag! reports that the highlight of the occasion was the signing of the peace accord with over 23 gubernatorial candidates in attendance.