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2019 Polls: Oyo REC, Agboke Assures Peaceful, Credible Elections

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By Richard Thomas, Ibadan

The  Oyo State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Barrister Mutiu Agboke  has expressed the readiness of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in the state  to conduct a free, fair, credible and peaceful election in the  2019 general elections commencing in February 16.

Barrister Agboke gave the assurance at a media briefing on the level of preparedness of the commission held at the INEC conference room, Agodi, Ibadan on Tuesday.
According to him, INEC would not leave any stone unturned at ensuring a peaceful and credible elections in the state.
He said preparations towards the coming election began immediately  after the 2015 general  elections  with retreats involving both local and foreign observers perusing the submitted  reports,  adding that some of the resolutions included the commencement of Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) nationwide.
“The commission has always been embarking on periodic voter registration. Other resolution included simultaneous accreditation and voting procedure, use of enhanced Smart Card Readers (SCR), early release of 2019 general election time table for adequate planning of all stake holders, setting up of voter education and constant engagement with critical stakeholders in the electioneering process which is based on two major documents  of 2017-2021 strategic plan and strategic   programme of  action of the commission.”
The Commisioner said  that the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) which began nation wide on April 27, 2107 as part of pre-election activities was suspended on August 31, 2018 in which 538,704 voters were regustered in the state during the excerise.
“We have been able to receive a total  number of 2,962, 646 Permanent  Voter Cards (PVC) from 2015 till date”.
“Out of this figure, 2,116,229  PVCs have so far been collected, however, we still  have a total number of 864, 417 PVCs left uncollected,” he said.
Agboke who cleared the air over  reports that he was under pressure on the election said he has  since  been engaging  various critical stakeholders in the electioneering process . said he had also visited the executive,egislature and judiciary in the state.
On security,  he said the commission is leaving no stone unturned  in the area of security of men and electoral materials adding that an Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security chaired by  the state commissioner of Police and himself had been meeting regularly to identify grey and flash point in the state in order to collaborate with respective  Electoral Officers.
“Security  is to be beefed up at both the state and local government offices of INEC in order to forestall any security threat during election period”.
Agboke urged the media to be factual and  not to be bias in their news reportage in order not to undermine the integrity of INEC and the election exercise.
He made it clear that INEC would prohibit the use of mobile phone withing the perimeter of the voting cubicle in order to avoid vote buying.

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