Gloria Ogbu

The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) Ekiti State has assured electorates and stakeholders in the state of a free, fair, credible election that is in compliance with the electoral acts in the forthcoming general elections.

This was said by the Resident Electoral Commissioner, INEC Ekiti State, Prof. Ayobami Salami in a Press Conference on Wednesday in Ado-Ekiti.

Prof. Salami enjoined stakeholders and electorates in the state to give the body maximum support in the electoral process of the state.

In his words: “I want to use this medium to assure the electorates and all stakeholders in Ekiti state that the 2023 general elections shall not only be free, fair and credible, but shall be conducted in strict adherence to the provisions of Electoral Act, 2022.

“Let me assure you that the 2023 general elections shall also follow the same suit as the 2022 governorship election in the state, in the area of utilization of technology. I wish to reiterate that BVAS shall be used for accreditation, while the INEC Result Viewing (IREV) portal shall also be used to upload election results from the polling units.

“May I humbly request tor a better cooperation, resilience, understanding and commitment of all the stakeholders in the electoral process in the state. 

“This shall immensely assist us to achieve a higher feat in the subsequent electoral activities, especially the forthcoming 2023 general elections.”

He also disclosed the number of registered voters in the state, number of polling units, revealing that “INEC has on 12th of November, 2022 commenced a nationwide display of Preliminary Register of Voters (PRV) for Claims and Objection, which shall end on 25th of November, 2022.

“Therefore, I want to use this medium to call on all registered voters to actively participate in the exercise, by physically visiting our local government offices or explore the privilege of participating in the exercise using the Online link of 

“Preparatory to the forthcoming 2023 general elections in Ekiti state, let me state that INEC Ekiti State has 16 Local Government Areas, 177 Registration Areas and 2,445 Polling Units; with a total number of 988,923 registered voters out of which 754, 886 voters have collected their Permanent Voters Card (PVC), while 234,037 (representing about 24%) PVCs are yet to be collected.

In the same vein, INEC Ekiti state has received some nonsensitive election materials needed for the election in adequate quantities.”

On his part, the Chairman Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ekiti State Council, Comrade Rotimi Ojomoyela charged INEC to commence voters education and sensitization before the elections so as to carry the people along.

He also enjoined the New REC, INEC Ekiti State to continue with the screening and accreditation of journalists who will cover the election as his predecessor did.

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