BY BUKOLA BARDI &OLUMIDE ABUDU
All the non sensitive materials needed for the Ondo State governorship election have arrived the state.
INEC’s Commissioner in charge of voter education, Mr Festus Okoye announced this when he featured on POLITICAL PODIUM, a Radio Nigeria Positive Fm programme, to speak on the commission’s level of preparedness for the forthcoming election.
Mr Okoye said the non sensitive materials had also be put in batches and delivered to local governments and wards with a view to deploying them to polling units for the election.
The Inec commissioner said the commission had also commenced the configuration of smart card reader maching that would be used for the governorship poll.
He gave an assurance that INEC would ensure adequate protection of all its staff and the over seventeen thousand adhoc staff scheduled for the poll.
Okoye noted ” we have made it very very clear that no political party would be allowed to threaten the life of any adhoc staff we are going to deploy, we have had very robust meetings with security agencies to emphasize that we are not going to allow anybody to endager the life of any adhoc staff, so we have the assurances that they are going to act professionally”
He however posited that the peaceful conduct of political gladiators in Ondo state indicated that the October 10 governorship poll would be credible, fair and acceptable to all.
Mr Okoye also paid a courtesy visit on the management of Radio Nigeria Positive fm during which he reemphasized the importance of the media to a credible election.
Responding, the general manager, Mr Tunde Abiodun promised that Positive fm would give adequate coverage to the forthcoming poll and also remain an umpire in the all important election.