INEC urges public to ignore attempts to tarnish its reputation

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has appealed to Nigerians to ignore all deliberate attempts to tarnish its reputation with wild, unsubstantiated allegations on forthcoming governorship election in Ekiti. INEC made the call in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to its Chairman, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi in Abuja, and reaffirmed its commitment to a free, fair and credible poll in the July 14 poll in Ekiti State and 2019 general elections. The commission emphasized that it was impossible for its officials, any individual or group to pre-load the Smart Card Readers or provide ballot papers for stuffing as alleged.

It stated that the card readers, which performed the three functions of identifying, verifying and authenticating the voter and the Permanent Voter’s Card, could only function on the Election Day. Ekiti governor, Mr Ayo Fayose had raised the alarm on alleged plots to, by an INEC National Commissioner and two other officials at the commission’s headquarters to rig the election in favor of APC and its candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi. Fayose, in a statement issued on Monday, alleged that the two INEC officials were to pre-load card readers, supply faulty card readers to Ado-Ekiti and provide ballot papers for stuffing of ballot boxes.