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Ekiti Guber: INEC ready to conduct free, fair election – Yakubu

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Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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By Umar Audu

Less than 24 hours to the governorship election in Ekiti State, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has assured the commission’s readiness to conduct, free, fair, and credible election.

The INEC chairman, Mahmoud Yakubu, gave the assurance in his message to members of staff of the commission in Abuja, as contained in a statement on Friday.

According to him, the choice of who becomes the next governor is entirely in the hands of the electorate.

Mr Yakubu added that the Ekiti election would be historic, being the first governorship election to be conducted based on the provisions of the new Electoral Act 2022.

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He said: “Let us remember that the people of Ekiti State and indeed all Nigerians will be watching us closely and waiting to see if we will fulfill our promise.

“They will observe the opening time of each of the 2,445 polling units in the State, the conduct of our staff, how you attend to voters and your attitude towards Persons with Disability.

“I appeal to you to uphold our Code of Conduct, display your usual sense of responsibility and professionalism, remain above board and firmly resist any unethical behaviour.

“You must ensure that no political party or candidate is accorded any advantage over the other.

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“We must also, always, stick strictly to the Oath of Neutrality to which we have all subscribed and continually live up to the trust that Nigerians repose in us,” he said.

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