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INEC plans e-transmission of results in Ekiti governorship election

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it will begin e-transmission of results with the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State.

The e-transmission, which entails transmitting the reports from polling units to Abuja as the votes are being counted, is part of the novelties being introduced into the electoral process.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Ekiti State, Prof. Abudulganiyu Raji, represented by an Electoral Officer, Mr. Ajayi Olusola, urged the people to collect their Permanent Voter’s cards (PVCs).

The REC said that the commission is fully prepared to monitor the activities of political parties before and during the election.

Raji stated this yesterday when the Coalition on Non-governmental Organisation under the auspices of New Generation Girls and Women Development Initiative (NIGAWD) and Youngsters Development Initiative, held their ‘Vote not Fight’ advocacy programme in Ido-Ekiti.

The Founder and Executive Director of NIGAWD, Mrs. Abimbola Aladejare, speaking at the programme, funded by National Democratic Institute (NDI), United Kingdom Agency for International Development (UKAID) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID), said there was need to engage critical stakeholders on the need to eschew bloodshed during the election.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ahmed Bello, represented by the Area Commander in charge of Ido-Osi, Ijero, Moba, Ilejemeje and Efon local councils, Mr. Adegbepa Adetoye, assured the voters that the command was resolute to provide adequate security of lives and property.

In another development, the campaign organisation of Ekiti State Deputy Governor and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, has condemned the wanton destruction of its campaign billboards by political thugs.

It said: “Only politicians with electoral failure staring them in the face will go about destroying posters and billboards as if that will translate into votes.”

The Kolapo Olusola Campaign Organisation (KOCO), in a statement issued yesterday by its Director of Media and Publicity, Lere Olayinka, said billboards and posters in Omuo-Ekiti, Ikole-Ekiti, Ikere-Ekiti, Ado-Ekiti and other towns were destroyed.


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