• Cautions against rumour mongering
CHAIRMAN of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, yesterday promised to organise a free and fair governorship election in Ekiti on June 21, this year.
Specifically, he said the election would be the best ever to be conducted by the commission.
He, however, frowned at the erection of political billboards and posters by the aspirants, which he said was against the rule of the game.
Prof. Jega, who described the erection of billboards and pasting of posters as “purely illegal” ordered owners of such campaign materials to remove them without further delay, saying the action contravened the 2010 Electoral Law as amended.
Jega was speaking at an election stakeholders’ meeting in Ado Ekiti attended by leaders of political parties, traditional rulers and security agents, including former governors Niyi Adebayo and Ayo Fayose, among others.
The INEC boss described as “spurious and unsubstantiated” allegations by some politicians that some officials were compromising their positions ahead of the Ekiti governorship election and the 2015 general elections.
Fayose had on Wednesday alleged that some officials of the commission met at a five-star hotel on Victoria Island, Lagos to perfect how to doctor the voter’s registration register in favour of a party.
Jega said: “If you have any evidence about any of us either being partisan with any political party, come out with it, but don’t distract us with your spurious and unsubstantiated allegations.
“We will do our best to remain impartial in the way we conduct our duties; anyone we see being partial, we will obviously deal with that.”
Jega promised that the commission was doing everything to ensure that the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti remain the best election conducted so far by the commission.
He, however, urged politicians and political parties to do what is required of them and operate within the ambit of the law and avoid anything that could heat up the polity.
To ensure credible elections, Jega said the commission had taken adequate measures to improve the quality of voter’s register.
Jega vowed that those found to have engaged in multiple registration discovered in the register would be prosecuted before the June 21 election.
Appealing to political parties and politicians to cooperate with the commission, he said a free, fair and credible election should be the concern of all stakeholders.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Ekiti, Alhaji Halilu Pai, assured that the commission would create an enabling environment for all political parties.
Jega allayed fears of those that raised the issue of multiple voting, saying security men would be more vigilant to guide against such.
At the ceremony, the commission displayed the voters register and promised to distribute copies of the document to political parties to enable them make corrections.