The Independent National Electoral Commission ,INEC, has revealed that it had put in place structures that will not allow any member of staff of the commission to participate in rigging in future elections in the country. The Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC in Ondo State, Mr. Akin Orebiyi, stated this at the inauguration of the State Advisory Committee on Voter Education and Publicity, held at the Commission’s headquarters, Akure, the state capital on Tuesday.
explained that the electoral process and structure put in place does not
permit influence or interference from within INEC or outside it,
reiterating that the commission was committed to organize credible
election. “With the process and structure put in place by the commission
under Prof Attahiru Jega’s watch, no one, not even the Chairman or the
National Commissioner, Resident Electoral Commissioner or Electoral
Officer can rig election successfully in this country. And we are not
willing to do so”. The commissioner therefore enjoined the electorate in
the country to adopt the electoral process as their own and make it
On the newly inaugurated committee, Orebiyi said it was
put together to achieve a hitch free Continuous Voter Registration, CVR
exercise slated for July 23 to July 27 in the state, adding that it
would be preceded by the distribution of Permanent Voters’ Card, PVC
from July 18 to July 20.
At the occasion, the Commission recognized
and honoured a member of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Ismail
Lawal, who in the last bye-election held in the state rejected offers by
politicians to rig the election. He said the politicians offered the
Lawal N8,000 to rig the election but rejected it, noting that the corps
member showed probity, honesty and integrity in the conduct of the
election, saying Nigeria needed the likes of the corps member for its
progress and development.
Source: Nigerian Pilot