The Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) has mentioned that it’s working to make sure early opening of polls and declaration of outcomes, particularly within the riverine areas, within the October 10 governorship election in Ondo State.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this in Akure on Thursday, when he met with the normal rulers within the state in preparation for subsequent month’s election.
Yakubu said that INEC would pay explicit consideration to locations which have tough terrains in order that it may deploy supplies early and get the outcomes out of those locations in good time.
He mentioned, “Simply yesterday, we found that between Ese-Odo and Ilaje, now we have 270 polling items which might be riverine areas.
“So, we’ve to shortly mobilise the boats and to get the outcomes out early.
“The final time we had the help that we would have liked as a result of the boats that we use to maneuver supplies and to convey outcomes again haven’t any headlights, so they’re hardly used at night time, however the Navy supplied help as a result of their boats have illumination.
“Thankfully, the legislation empowers the fee to hunt the help of the navy in transferring supplies to areas.
“So, I guarantee you that we’re leaving no stone unturned in guaranteeing that we deploy promptly and also will get outcomes out to the state capital in good time.
“The longer it takes to make a declaration, individuals will start to imagine one thing fishy is about to occur with the end result.
“So, we are going to be certain that outcomes are promptly deployed and declared to revive individuals’s confidence within the electoral system.”
He added: “We are going to proceed to take steps to make sure that we accomplish that, however it’s occurring in quite a few methods.
“We will solely deal with or try to resolve this downside, whereas it occurs on the polling unit degree.
“However when it occurs outdoors the polling unit, it’s tough to trace the perpetrators now that we’re conscious that vote-buying has gone digital.
“They now switch cash electronically forward of the election, now not in the course of the election.
“So, we’ll proceed to do no matter we will to make sure that individuals don’t purchase votes on the polling items.”