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Politics of Monday, 6 November 2023


‘INEC does not have a candidate in the elections’ – Yakubu says ahead of Imo, Kogi, Bayelsa guber polls

Prof. Mahmood Yakubu Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has encouraged officers of the commission to remain non-partisan and maintain their integrity ahead of the November 11 elections in Imo, Bayelsa and Kogi State.

The INEC Chairman made this known when he visited some offices across the state to assess preparations for the off-cycle elections.

According to him, the commission is committed to peaceful and credible elections in three states.

“INEC is not a political party and does not have a candidate in the Nov. 11 governorship election.

“All we are going to do is to ensure that the people of Bayelsa and Imo States choose whoever they want to be their governors and our responsibility is to protect the people’s choice,” Yakubu said.

Yakubu also called on the Electoral Officers (Eos) in the three states to ensure that all Registration Area Centres (RACs) were fully activated early enough to enable smooth conduct of the elections, Daily Post reports.

He said the Commission was determined to ensure that poll officials live up to their responsibilities on election day.

According to him, a refresher training would be organized on Friday, November 10 in addition to the refresher training conducted on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.