Ekiti State Election 2019 – All You Need to Know (Pre-election) – It’s no longer a news about “Ekiti and it’s people”. Several railings, wailing, instructions, prayers had rolled in for the state. Also we had earlier reported on how the Nigeria Police dispersed PDP’s Victory March, and how Gov. Fayose Claims to have been beaten up severely. In response to this, respectiv parties and bodies have stood up towards the actions.
INEC’s Verdict on Ekiti State Election 2019
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Ekiti State, Prof. Abdulganiy Raji, has warned those who have no Permanent Voter Cards to stay away from polling units during the conduct of the state governorship election on Saturday.
According to him, Independent National Electoral Commission gave enough time for registered voters to collect their PVCs and lodge complaints before the process ended on Wednesday.
He said although Rapid Response Squad would be positioned at strategic locations during the election, no armed policeman would be at any of the polling units so that the electorate would not feel intimidated.
He said, “INEC in Ekiti is fully prepared for the election. We have 913,334 voters registered, out of which 667,270 have collected their permanent voter cards.
And we had earlier reported about INEC’s preparedness towards Ekiti Election by deploying Enhanced Smart Card Readers.
WOMEN FOR CHANGE INITIATIVE WORDS ON EKITI STATE ELECTION 2019
The Women Arise for Change Initiative, says Ekiti 2018 governorship election is a litmus test for the 2019 general elections and all eyes will be on the state.
Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, President, WA, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lagos that it was critical that security agencies support INEC in the conduct of a free, fair and credible election in the state.
Women Arise for Change Initiative is one of the 54 election observer groups accredited by the Independent National Electoral Commission to in the Ekiti election on Saturday.
“It should be noted that the Ekiti State 2018 gubernatorial election is very important and it is a litmus test for the 2019 general elections and the whole world is watching us.
“We are calling on all stakeholders to ensure that all hands are on deck to sustain the democratic gains we have obtained in the past few years.
“Politicians and those contesting in this election are encouraged to respect the rights of the electorate by adhering to the rule of the game.
“They should inform and educate their supporters on the need to eschew violence and embrace peace in all their activities,” she said.
Okei-Odumakin urged security agencies to act professionally throughout the election period and beyond.
“’The unfortunate incidence of forcible dispersion of citizens embarking on a peaceful campaign at Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday, July 11, is not helpful to maintaining the peace in the state,” she said.
Okei-Odumakin appealed to eligible voters with Permanent Voter Cards in the state to come out en masse to vote for the candidates of their choice.
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