By Okunade Adekunle, Lagos
Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) is set to partner with the National Orientation Agency (NOA) and National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) to enhance smooth and successful elections in 2019.
This was made known in a statement issued today by the Head of Public Affairs (Lagos), Mr Femi Akinbiyi.
The statement reads: The Lagos State Resident Electoral Commissioner , Mr Sam Olumekun, visited both NOA and the NYSC Orientation Camp in the state on Wednesday to seek collaboration towards a successful conduct of elections.
Olumekun, according to the statement, said “While I thank you for your support for the commission in the time past, I want to ask you for more support in mobilising Lagosians to in the electoral processes ahead of 2019 polls.
“I want the NOA to especially join the commission in mobilising eligible voters who have abandoned their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to come and claim them.
“I acknowledge the strength of NOA and the fact that INEC cannot do it alone. Our people must participate in electoral process for democracy to thrive.”
According to the State’s Resident Commissioner, the commission is ready to partner with NOA and other stakeholders in our drive to deliver credible, transparent, free and fair elections in 2019.
“There are lineup of activities for elections and INEC in Lagos is fully prepared for the conduct of free and fair elections. If the last election was rated very high by both local and international observers, we are prepared to deliver a more credible one in 2019 to surpass previous achievements,” said Olumekun in the statement
The statement reads further: INEC boss urged the NOA to sensitise people against violence during elections, electoral violence could prevent people from exercising their civic responsibility.
In the statement, Olumekun also eulogised the state’s Coordinator of NYSC, Prince Mohammed Momoh and asked for the support of the organisation.
“Because of the advancement in technology and other issues, we must commence early training of youth corps members on the handling of the smart card readers ahead of the election.
“We have noticed that one of the reasons why these smart card readers malfunction is the way the card readers are handled.
“This time around, we want to devote time to educate the corps members during their Community Development (CD) activities at various local governments,’’ said Olumekun in the statement
According to the statement, Mr Waheed Ishola, the state’s Director of NOA, in his response, promised to assist INEC to publicise its activities and mobilise people to participate in electoral processes.
By Okunade Adekunle, Lagos