By Priscilla Ediare, Teen-Ekiti
A group serving as a promoter of former governor Segun Oni’s candidacy for the governorship of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) for the June 18 poll in Ekiti State, the Independent National Electoral Commission has warned. (INEC) against compromising the norm in ongoing registration for permanent elections Voter Cards (PVC) as is.
The group under the acronym “Ekiti Bring Back Better” (EBBB), seriously warned INEC staff against compromising the integrity of the commission, engaging in what it called “the ‘selective recording’.
He claimed that it would be counterproductive for the INEC to allegedly capture supporters of a particular candidate at the expense of others, saying such a rumor was widespread and should be avoided to instill reason and avoid that the image of the commission is tarnished.
Speaking to reporters at Ado Ekiti on Friday, EBBB spokesman Idowu Adelusi said he found the rumor circulating that only perceived supporters of a candidate were registered by the INEC in the capturing such disturbing and disturbing last-minute voters.
The EBBB spokesperson alerted INEC to the alleged covert moves by some politicians of mining the All Progressives Congress (APC) of importing potential voters from other states for registration, urging it to be vigilant and to look for cases of double registration.
Adelusi said all Ekiti-eligible voters must be registered at the last minute by INEC, regardless of their beliefs and political leanings.
He said voter registration is a strategic and essential aspect of the electoral process that guarantees participatory democracy, eliminating apathy and enhancing universal citizen suffrage in any democratic system which should be pursued with utmost honesty and sincerity. .
The spokesperson warned that nothing should be done by the commission or those he called “desperate politicians”, to sabotage the process and restrict citizens’ right to vote in the elections.
“The EBBB as a political pressure group is not by this statement slandering or questioning the integrity of the electoral commission. We have implicit confidence in the leadership of INEC led by Prof. Mahmood Yakubu to give us the best election on June 18 in Ekiti State, nothing less than that is acceptable.
“But we are confused and equally alarmed that politicians could plot to take over the primary and statutory function of INEC, allegedly screening voters and determining who should be registered and who should not.
“However, we are not oblivious to the fact that voter mobilization is part of the duties of parties, but this should not imply that parties take over the functions of INEC, dictating who to register or reject.
“We owe this belief that the INEC will rise above the pedestrian in the upcoming elections, by allowing the votes of the Ekiti to count, as their verdicts are needed to validate who occupies the gubernatorial seat. It is their legal duty and no one should deprive them of this power.
“We call on the INEC President and Resident Electoral Commissioner of Ekiti, Dr Adeniran Tella, to be vigilant and caution their staff against serving as a fifth columnist, or acting in a shady manner that could smear their images or ridicule them in this impending ballot,” the group said.