By; TINA PHINEAS, Yola
The Adamawa state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Kassim Gaidam, has promised that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), shall be transparent and carry all stakeholders along in the conduct of the 2019 elections.
Gaidam made the promise in Yola on Tuesday, while administering an Oath of Neutrality to all its staff in compliance with the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
He maintained that the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), made it mandatory for all staff appointed by INEC for the conduct of election to swear before the High Court an Oath of Neutrality.
According to him, INEC shall endeavour to conduct the 2019 election in the most professional manner, based on global best standard.
“INEC is solely interested in ensuring due process in the election and is not concerned with who emerges winner provided the mandate of the people is guaranteed”
“INEC shall avoid and resist undue external interference or influence in the conduct of the elections”, he stated.
The REC also assured electorates that their vote will count, as the result of the elections will reflect the true wishes of the electorates.
Gaidam, who apologise to electorate in Adamawa over the reschedule elections, which caused untold hardship on the people, stressed that efforts are being made to address any logistic challenge that lead to the postponement.
“We have since reconfigured all the Smart Card Readers to reflect the new dates for the election and will retrain Adhoc staff to enhance service delivery”
“It may also be noted that all sensitive materials, which were fully deployed to all the 21 local government have now been returned to the vault of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), as directed” He affirmed.
Gaidam called upon CSO’s, media, political parties, stakeholders, traditional, religious and community leaders to participate in the drive to build a society devoid of electoral violence.
New Nigerian reports that Barrister Comfort Emmanuel of the Federal High Court Yola, administered the Oath of Neutrality on the REC, management, electoral and other staff of INEC.