Oyo INEC Undertakes Review of 2019 Polls

OYHA: Oyo State Residents Express Their Expectations
June 18, 2019
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June 18, 2019

In order to address lapses recorded in the 2019 General Election, about 200 electoral officers in Oyo State have converged on Ibadan to review the exercise.

Radio Nigeria correspondent, Rotimi Famakin who was at the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC office, along Parliamentary Road, Ibadan, venue of the programme reports that relevant stakeholders in the conduct of election were in attendance.

The INEC personnel involved in the review include head of departments, electoral officers, returning officers and presiding officers.

The officers who were grouped into seven deliberated on issues of logistics, finances, security, publicity and functionality of card readers used in the 2019 general elections.

In a welcome address, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, in Oyo State, Mr. Mutiu Agboke said the commission in the state had received many myriads of report from foreign and local observers which would be examined.

Mr. Agboke said the review was expected to provide answers to salient questions which could further enhance 2023 poll.

Mr. Agboke who attributed success of last poll to cooperation of relevant stakeholders including the media said the positive response of the electorate as well as their determination to monitor the electoral process enabled the commission to achieve its mandate.

Declaring the workshop open, National INEC Commissioner in charge of Oyo, Osun and Ondo, Chief Adedeji Soyebi said the state was one of the few states that do not have rerun elections.

Chief Soyebi who said logistics problems affected the general elections emphasised the need for government to brace up for the adoption of electronic voting system in 2023.

This he said was necessary in view of the increasing population figure in the country.

In an interview, Professor Wole of the University of Ibadan and Dr. Steven Lafenwa of the Political Science Department of the same institution who were engaged as returning and presiding officers enjoined INEC to adopt framework that would ensure hitch free polls in 2023.

They were of the opinion that the review would provide a platform to x-ray mistakes and successes of the officers.

They pledged to give recommendations that would better the performance of the commission as they prepared for 2023 poll.

Rotimi Famakin

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