The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has stated its readiness towards conducting election into existing vacant constituency seats across the country before the 2023 general elections.
Ekiti state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Adeniran Tella stated this in Ado Ekiti at a stakeholders meeting on the conduct of rerun election into Ekiti East constituency one.
The seat of Ekiti East Constituency one at the State House of Assembly has been vacant since last year, following the death of the Lawmaker representing the constituency, Mr. Juwa Adegbuyi.
On the 20th of March this year, INEC conducted a bye election to fill the vacant seat, but the poll was disrupted, which led to the death of a police officer, while several others sustained injuries from gunshot.
Addressing the stakeholders, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Ekiti State, Dr Adeniran Tella explained that the meeting was to fashion out ways of conducting a rerun election into the constituency.
Dr. Tella called on stakeholders to join hands with INEC to achieve success in the bye election.
While speaking, the Commissioner of Police, Ekiti State Command, Mr Tunde Mobayo who was represented by Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, Mr. Patrick Daaor urged political gladiators to caution their supporters not to cause problem during elections.
The State Coordinator of NYSC, Mrs Mary Chikezie and the NOA Director in the state, Mrs Olawumi Famuyiwa also enjoined politicians to see politics as a friendship game devoid of rancour.
The Olomuo of Omuo-oke, Oba Valentine Otitoju who spoke through Chief Joseph Jayeoba expressed their readiness for the election, saying they had lost many opportunities since the seat had been vacant.
On their parts, the Deputy Chairman of APC in Ekiti State, Mr Sola Elesin and the Acting Chairman of PDP, Mr Lanre Omolase promised to meet their members to facilitate the conduct of the rerun constituency election.