By Abiodun Tadese, Akure
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it is determined to conduct a free, fair, credible and peaceful election in Ondo State on Saturday.
INEC stated this at a stakeholders meeting held at the Dome event centre in Akure on Monday.
The Precision NG reports that the meeting had in attendance INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmud Yakub; the Inspector General of Police Muhammed Adamu; NYSC DG, brigadier General Shuaib Ibrahim; Traditional rulers, political parties leaders, journalists and other stakeholders.
While addressing the gathering, INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmud Yakub said the commission had recruited, trained, and screened all categories of ad-hoc staff for the election.
He added that only the voters will determine the outcome of the election.
“Our commitment is to ensure that the choice of who becomes the next governor of Ondo State is entirely in the hands of the voters, I wish to assure all eligible voters that every votes cast will count and the choice made by the people of Ondo State will determine the outcome of the election.”
The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on his part said a total of 33,783 Police officers will be deployed for the election while the service of the military will be engaged at the inter- state boundaries.
He called on all political parties to see election as a national service and not a do die affairs.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Ondo State, Dr Rufus Akeju on his part said 1,478,460 PVCs were so far distributed during the last CVR in the state.