Mr Clement Oha, the commission’s Administrative Secretary, made the assertion in an interview with Blackface News in Lagos shortly after visiting Ifako-Ijaye.
INEC ready for bye-election in Ifako/Ijaye Federal Constituency
The Lagos office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday said that it was prepared to conduct the forthcoming Dec. 3 bye-election in Ifako-Ijaiye Federal Constituency.
Oha said that he decided to come to the local government where the election would hold to assess level of preparations.
He said that the preparation by the commission’s staffers was “satisfactory and encouraging’’.
“We have made adequate provision for staff and their training as well as for the election materials. We have been sensitising the people and parties.
“We have also been liaising with the security agents and we will be meeting them very soon.
“If I am to assess our preparations, I will say that we are now 95 per cent ready for the poll in Lagos.
“We have all our logistics ready; we have prepared twice the number of card readers needed.
“We have mapped out the Registration Area Centres (RACs) and the collation centres have been identified and prepared as well as the training venues,’’ Oha said.
He said that the commission would ensure adequate distribution of staff and election materials for a successful election.
Oha, who assured the electorate that the commission was committed to conducting a free and fair election by giving the parties a level playing ground, urged the party supporters to shun violence.
“On our part, we are ready, party leaders should go and tell their supporters and followers to be orderly and peaceful.
“They should cast their vote and go home and if they want to wait and monitor or observe proceedings, there is no problem, only that there should be no violence.
“We have every assurance that the people we will be using on that day will deliver an election everyone will be proud of,’’ he said.
Oha, who also assured the people that the election would be conclusive, added that the accreditation band voting would be held simultaneously.
NAN reports that six political parties would be participating in the bye-election and the commission has started training its officers to ensure a credible poll.
The parties are Action Alliance (AA), Alliance for Democracy (AD), African Democratic Party (ADC), All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Social Democratic Party (SDP).
NAN also reports that the commission has assembled more than 1,500 Card Readers for the bye-election for a seamless accreditation exercise.
Mr Elijah Adewale, who represented the constituency in the House of Representatives, died in Abuja on July 20, and INEC has fixed Dec. 3 for the bye-election into the vacant seat.