INEC chairman asks staff to deliver credible poll in Ondo

Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, has asked the commission’s staff to deliver a credible governorship election in Ondo state.

Making a reference to the recently concluded Edo election, Yakubu, in a statement, said Nigerians are expecting more from the commission and he asked INEC officials to consolidate on their achievement by making sure every single vote counts. He also asked the officials to resist any form of temptation that could dent the image of the electoral umpire. “About three weeks ago, on the eve of the Edo State Governorship election, I appealed to the hardworking staff of the Commission to rise to the occasion and deliver a free, fair and credible process in accordance with our established policy,” he said. "Indeed, our staff members, assisted by the security agencies and other critical stakeholders, did not spare any effort in ensuring the successful conduct of the election. “Clearly, Nigerians and friends of Nigeria are pleased with the outcome and we are encouraged by their commendations. “However, we cannot afford to rest on our oars. Another end-of-tenure Governorship election is upon us. There is now an even higher expectation on Ondo state. We must consolidate on our recent achievement and account for every single vote cast on 10th October in a transparent manner which will ensure that only the choice of the electorate prevails. “I, therefore, implore all of you to resist any form of temptation and let your individual actions be guided by the extant laws and good conscience. Always remember that any unethical action by one INEC official is capable of rubbing off on all of us. Remain vigilant and committed to the mission and vision of the commission.”

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