Osun Guber: We Are Ready For Election – Resident Commissioner

The Independent National Electoral Commission in Osun State has disclosed that it is eighty per cent ready for the conduct of a credible gubernatorial election in the state.

Speaking with newsmen at Osogbo, the state resident electoral commissioner, Ambassador Rufus Akeju, stated that all the Direct Data Capture Machines (DDC) and accessories used in the last exercise have been purged of all the data adding that voter register software has been tested okay in readiness for the upcoming continuous voter registration exercise which will commence soon.

He stated that the commission has carried out the process of identification/configuration of polling units with more than 500 voters with the aim of creating more polling units where necessary for the purpose of streamlining the voting process for ease of returns, security, accountability and prevention of violence.

Akeju who disclosed that a number of staff have been recruited into the commission to strengthen and rejuvenate the system noted that the commission has also approached the NYSC co-ordinator in the state to request for corps members who would serve as ad-hoc staff during the polls.

The commissioner declared that a list of electoral materials both sensitive and non-sensitive has been forwarded to the headquarters of the commission in Abuja for procurement with the election budget, stressing that the preparation will be geared towards ensuring that election materials are available on time on election day.

He pointed out that the commission, in a bid to improve upon its enlightenment programme on voter education, introduced Voter Education Club among secondary school students adding that a workshop for school principals on voter education activities in secondary schools was held in 2012 in preparation for the gubernatorial election in the state.