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Jega: Osun Governorship Election Will be the Best

The National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, yesterday said his commission  was determined and committed to make the forthcoming governorship election in the state the best in recent times.
 
The INEC Chairman made the remark in Osogbo at a stakeholders meeting organised by the commission in preparedness for the August 9, governorship election in the state.
 
Jega noted that  INEC, under his leadership, was determined to keep on improving the electoral process, stressing that even with the last Anambra State  gubernatorial election, his team had learnt a number of lessons which would not be repeated any longer.
 
He then assured the stakeholders which comprise political parties, civil societies, traditional rulers, media and security agencies that the commission would be firm, unbiased, non-partisan and create a level-playing ground for all the contestants.
 
Jega stressed that voters’ verification exercise would hold for three days between March 7 and 9  in all the polling units in the state while continuous voters’ registration would also take place for six days from March 12 to 17.
 
According to him, these are steps to enable registered voters check their names in the voters’ register during the period so that those whose names are not in the voters register would be captured while those who are now 18 years are registered.
 
He then explained that no new wards would be created for August 9 gubernatorial election.
In his contribution, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr. Rufus Akeju, said his office was set for the election, stressing that the commission would continue to leverage on the inter-agency security committee to ensure zero level violence during elections.
Akeju  also vowed that his team would be fair, firm and just.
 
Present at the event were some national commissioners and directors from INEC, representatives of political parties, traditional rulers, civil societies, market women and top government officials including the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Sunday Akere and his Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusegun Aduroja.

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