By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
Ahead of the August 9th 2014 governorship election in Osun State, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday, 10th July, 2014 said it will create additional polling units in the state before the poll.
The state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr Olusegun Agbaje, made this disclosure at a stakeholders meeting with members of Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security held in Osogbo.
The programme was put in place by INEC in partnership with International Foundation for Electoral System to sensitize stakeholders on their democratic right and procedures in the August 9th gubernatorial election had in attendance heads of all security agencies, traditional rulers, representatives of NGOs, market women among others.
The REC assured that all necessary steps had been taken to ensure that the election improved the credibility of the commission, urging all stakeholders to support the commission towards achieving its goals.
According to him, those that registered their names during the continuous voter registration in March this year would get their Permanent Voters’ Cards immediately the cards were received from the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
Agbaje stressed the readiness of the commission to ensure that electoral offenders were duly punished, urging all political parties to ensure internal democracy and change their do-or-die approach to politics.
The state Director of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Dr. Martins Lawrence sought for the cooperation of all stakeholders to achieve violence-free election.
Also the Deputy Country Director, International Foundation for Electoral System (IFFES),Mrs Uloma Osuala expressed optimism that their achievements would surpass that of Ekiti state in terms of voter education with the support of people.
Osuala urged electorate to come out in their numbers and exercise their franchise so as to elect credible candidate who would take the state to a greater height.
The IFFES boss who noted that the foundation had been collaborating with INEC for the past 15 years towards ensuring more participation of people in electoral processes, sought for the cooperation of all and sundry in the process.
In his remark, the state Director of the State Security Service, Mr Andrew Iyoha promised on behalf of other security agencies in the state not to condone any act of lawlessness especially on election day.
Iyoha who warned those parading themselves as body guards to be cautious as anybody caught would be made to face the full weight of the law promised to ensure security of all INEC staff and other adhoc staff of the Commission.
Also some traditional rulers and chairmen of the political parties commended INEC and the IFFES for organizing the programme and cautioned party supporters against destruction of billboards promoting various governorship candidates.