INEC Oyo State says preparations to ensure hitch free 2019 elections have reached an advanced stage.
INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, INEC Mr Mutiu Agboke stated this at a stakeholders’ election forum held at the commission’s premises in Ibadan.
The INEC boss said almost all non sensitive materials for the election were on ground while sensitive materials were already in the custody of Ibadan office of Central Bank of Nigeria.
He pointed out that the physically challenged, elderly and expectant mothers would be given priority.
Mr. Agboke, who stated that usage of phones and other gadgets would be prohibited within the perimeter of the voting cubicle to avoid vote buying, added that the commission was poised to ensure that each votes count during the elections.
Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Mr Shina Olukolu who was represented by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr Ayodeji Abimbola enjoined members of the public to cooperate with the security agencies while exercising their franchise.
In a remark, Director, National Orientation Agency, Mrs dolapo dosumu cautioned politicians against election malpractices, urging the electorate to cooperate with relevant agencies to ensure free and fair elections.
Mrs Dolapo Dosumu urged prospective voters to be determined to contribute their quota to ensure a successful elections.
Present at the event were Political Advisory Council, PAC, National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Civil Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, and politicians from different political parties.
Some politicians at the event, Mr Gbolahan Agbolaru and Chief Wale Owu commended INEC for organizing the meeting, saying this would further bridge the gap between the commission and stakeholders.
Lilian Akinlosotu /Yemi Olugbenga