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As a measure to avert inconclusive election due to inappropriate voting, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has indicated readiness for Ondo gubernatorial poll and propmpt resumption to enable everyone participate in the exercise.

The Commission said it is working to ensure early opening of polls and declaration of results, especially in the riverine areas, in the Oct. 10 gubernatorial poll.

It was gathered that the riverine areas have more polling units, particularly between Ese-Odo and Ilaje, which consist of 270, and needed mobilisarion of boats so as to get the results early.

Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, INEC Chairman, stated this during his visit to traditional rulers in preparation for the election in the state.

Speaking to newsmmen on Thursday in Akure, Yakubu said that INEC would pay particular attention to places that have difficult terrains so that it could deploy materials early and get the results out of these places in a good time.

He explained the ordeal the commission encountered during the last voting processes in the state, noting that the boats that move materials to voting locations and also brought back results had no headlights, and such boats were  hardly used at night, but the Navy provided support because their boats have illumination.

Yakubu avvered that the commission would leverage on the law that empowers them to seek military support in moving election materials to locations on time.

“So, I assure you that we are leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that we deploy promptly and will also get results out to the state capital in good time.

“The longer it takes to make a declaration, people will begin to assume something fishy is about to happen with the result.

“So, we will ensure that results are promptly deployed and declared to restore people’s confidence in the electoral system,” Yakubu said.

He said that the commission was also working to curb the issue of vote-buying at polling units, through the reorganisation of its voting points and the ban on the use of the mobile phones at the voting points.

“But when it happens outside the polling unit, it is difficult to track the perpetrators now that we are aware that vote-buying has gone digital.

According to him, some agents now transfer money electronically ahead of the election, no longer during the election, so, we will continue to do whatever we can to ensure that people don’t buy votes at the polling units,” he added.

The INEC boss assured the people of the state of a free, fair, and credible election and promised that they are working towards addressing some of the challenges and make sure the Ondo election was better than that of Edo but can only be achieved with the residents’ support.

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