The Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee on Thursday raised the alarm that some politicians in Oyo State had been mounting strain on the fee to promote unclaimed 914,529 everlasting voter playing cards in its custody to them.
The fee mentioned it was not giving in to such strain geared toward rigging the forthcoming polls as a result of “INEC is decided to make sure that folks’s votes rely within the free, truthful and credible elections in 2019.”
Talking on the theme, “On-line journalism and Media integrity in Nigeria,” Agboke declared that some politicians, whose identities he didn’t disclose, approached the fee to purchase PVCs to rig the elections.
He said, “So far as we’re involved, PVCs usually are not on the market.”
The REC assured residents of the state of clean elections devoid of disaster in 2019, stressing that no employee of the fee would promote PVCs to any politician forward of the 2019 elections.
Agboke mentioned, “They’re in search of PVCs to purchase. They’re in search of what shouldn’t be accessible as a result of they know that these items usually are not accessible. That is the safety report at my disposal.
“Inform those that are in search of PVCs to purchase that there’s none to purchase in Oyo State. I can guarantee you that no INEC worker will promote PVCs to any politician. I can guarantee you that the method can be free and truthful in Oyo State.
“Those that are in search of PVCs to purchase, I received’t offer you their names. I don’t have their names.
“However that’s the safety report I obtained and the report didn’t specify the occasion and the people which might be concerned. They need us to offer them PVCs however we are able to’t give it to them. They need to purchase PVCs however there may be none to promote in Oyo State.”
Agboke urged journalists within the state to cooperate with the fee in spreading correct data to members of the general public.
He mentioned, “All of us are stakeholders. If you’re unsure, name INEC. Extra so, you might be on-line journalists, allow us to make sure that we’ve our details appropriate. For me in Oyo State, I’ve nothing to cover. We carried out the election in Eruwa and the those that received, received.”
He urged journalists to abide by the ethics of the career always.
The South-West Bureau Chief of The Nation and an Affiliate Editor of the Nigerian Tribune newspapers, Mr Bisi Oladele, and Mr Wale Ojo-Lanre respectively, urged journalists to at all times abide by the principles and rules guiding the career of their day-to-day reportage.
They mentioned on-line journalism had come to remain in Nigeria and admonished journalists to tell apart themselves from unusual writers contemplating the truth that “virtually everyone is a journalist with the appearance of web and sensible telephones.”
They agreed that one of many methods for the journalists “ to distinguish themselves from unusual writers was for them to cross-check their details, examine their tales and take heed to the prevailing legal guidelines of the land.”
INEC says 2019 polls received’t be delayed, meets ASUU Jan four
INEC additionally on Thursday dominated out the postponement of the 2019 common elections due to the dispute between the Federal Authorities and members of the Educational Workers Union of Universities.
The fee, nonetheless, mentioned it had scheduled a consultative assembly involving its Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, its nationwide commissioners and ASUU management on January four.
In an interview with The PUNCH in Abuja, INEC Nationwide Commissioner and Chairman of its Data Voter Schooling Committee, Festus Okoye, mentioned the assembly would deal with the position and involvement of ASUU members within the 2019 common elections.
Whereas expressing optimism that the strike could be known as off earlier than the elections, Okoye mentioned INEC would discover different alternate options, together with using vice-chancellors, professors and lecturers to function returning officers and collation officers, “relying on the end result of the fee’s interplay with their management.”
“The identical factor applies to the management of the opposite unions within the completely different federal tertiary establishments which might be on strike or are threatening to go on strike,” Okoye added.
Different alternate options, he mentioned, included exploring the potential for utilizing federal staff and college students of state tertiary establishments to make up for any shortfall.
Okoye mentioned, “The chairman and nationwide commissioners of INEC will on January four, 2019 maintain a consultative assembly with the management of ASUU. The assembly will focus principally on the problem of the position and involvement of their members within the 2019 common elections.
“The assembly may even discover the potential for making certain that the scholars could be on campus in the course of the elections. The fee is assured that there can be a breakthrough in the course of the assembly. The fee shouldn’t be concerned within the negotiation between ASUU and the Federal Authorities and should not stray into that space.
“The involvement of the fee is proscribed to harvesting the wealthy educational assets within the numerous federal tertiary establishments for the 2019 elections. The fee has relied on and can proceed to depend on workers and college students of federal tertiary establishments for its advert hoc workers necessities.
“Elections and conduct require some stage of mental acumen. It isn’t an all-comers affair. The lecturers and college students are clustered in an establishment and they are often reached in instances of electoral malfeasance and election petitions. They’ve a greater understanding of the electoral course of.
“Among the vice-chancellors and lecturers have expertise as a few of them have acted as returning officers and collation officers earlier than. Among the college students of federal tertiary establishments in Anambra, Ondo, Ekiti, Osun, Edo and different locations the place the fee carried out low season elections have already got a retailer of information and expertise and solely want refresher programs on new and artistic improvements launched by the fee.
“Moreover, the corps members are recent from establishments of upper studying and are serving in communities, native governments and states aside from their very own. They aren’t concerned within the ‘native or home points’ of the assorted states and will not be simply swayed or influenced. Most of them have been patriotic and a few paid the final word worth in serving their nation.”
To make use of VCs, professors as returning, collation officers
When requested what INEC would do if ASUU didn’t name off its strike, he mentioned, “The fee is assured that there can be a breakthrough or center floor that can allow the scholars and the lecturers to contribute their quota in the course of the 2019 elections.
Nonetheless, the vice-chancellors, professors and the lecturers can nonetheless function returning officers and collation officers in the course of the pendency of the strike, relying on the end result of the fee’s interplay with their management. The identical factor applies to the management of the opposite unions within the completely different federal tertiary establishments which might be on strike or are threatening to go on strike.”
Strikes received’t drive us to delay elections – Electoral physique
Okoye additionally defined that the fee wouldn’t postpone the 2019 common elections.
He mentioned, “INEC will conduct the 2019 elections on the dates already communicated to the Nigerian folks. The strike by the completely different unions won’t result in the postponement of elections. The fee will desire to make use of the lecturers and college students in federal tertiary establishments for the conduct of elections but when that fails, the fee will discover alternate options.”
We could mobilise ex-corpers with election expertise – Okoye
Okoye mentioned, “The fee has been updating the database of former corps members. Among the corps members served as presiding officers in earlier elections. A few of them are nonetheless unemployed and can readily be mobilised. The fee may additionally use its on-line platform to mobilise the scholars wherever they’re and practice them within the states the place they’re.
“The fee may additionally discover the potential for utilizing federal staff and college students of state tertiary establishments to make up for any shortfall. The fee is nonetheless assured that the problems that led to the strike will quickly be resolved or partially resolved. We nonetheless attraction to the Federal Authorities and the unions to barter in good religion within the general curiosity of the nation.”
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