By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday said it will conduct free and credible governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states in 2018.
INEC National Commissioner for South West Zone, Mr. Adedeji Soyebi dropped this hint during a chat with newsmen in Ibadan at the Zonal Strategic Plan Retreat for INEC field officers.
He pointed out that it was glaring that all the previous polls conducted by INEC were successful, and that “any election conducted this year or other time will not be an exception.’’
“INEC will build on its various achievements in the conduct of free, fair and credible elections and make sure that there is tremendous improvement in the future elections. It will be based on the principle we have used in conducting elections”he said.
According to the INEC National Commissioner, the Zonal Strategic Plan was to generate ideas and inputs from electoral officers on the field before embarking on any national plan in readiness for the 2019 elections.
“At the end of the retreat, a synthetic report will be ready which the commission will present at a national stakeholders meeting involving political parties, civil society organisations, security apparatus and other stakeholders in the conduct of elections.”
He then tasked participants at the retreat to make meaningful contributions that would play vital roles in assisting the commission to be more effective.
Speaking, INEC Acting Administrative Secretary of INEC in Oyo State, Mr. Ariyo Ayoola declared that the commission would develop a new strategic plan towards ensuring another successful general election in 2019.