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Ondo REC task officials on voter sensitization, mobilization 

Mrs. Oluwatoyin Babalola, the Hon. Resident Electoral Commissioner INEC Ondo State has urged the Electoral Officers in the State to create massive awareness and educate voters in their respective Local Government Areas to raise the bar of credibility in the upcoming 16th November 2024 Governorship Election in the State.

The Hon. REC emphasized that the effective participation of citizens in elections is crucial for the credibility of the polls. She delivered this message on Tuesday, 9th July 2024 at an Implementation Meeting in Akure, the Ondo State capital where the Commission’s Voter Education and Publicity Strategies were discussed.

Addressing the Eighteen (18) Electoral Officers and Assistant Electoral Officers (AEOs Admin) cum Voter Education Desk Officers at the LGAs, (VEDOs) the Hon. REC noted that “for an election to be considered free, fair, credible and inclusive, citizens must be able to participate in it adequately and easily. They must be sufficiently equipped with the requisite information to enhance their participation.”

“To achieve the above, all hands must be on deck to ensure that voter enlightenment is taken to the grassroots. Voters must understand their roles, rights, and responsibilities in electoral activities and deepening democracy,“ she added.

Charging the participants further, Mrs. Babalola said, “As the Commission consistently demonstrated its commitment to develop and sustain structures that support the deepening of democratic practices, we must continue to raise the bar of credible elections in Nigeria.”

“You’ll all agree with me that elections cannot be said to be credible without adequate and effective participation of a significant proportion of voters. As field officers in charge of our Local Government Offices, you must understand the Commission’s enlightenment programmes and possess the professional and intellectual capacity to create awareness, enlighten voters and by extension boost public confidence in the electoral process and the Commission.”

Outlining the objectives of the meeting, the Director of Voter Education and Publicity Department, Mrs. Mary Nkem said “The public depends on the Commission for information regarding the electoral process to help them not only to participate in concert with extant guidelines and regulations but to reaffirm their confidence in the readiness and ability of the Election Management Body (EMB) to conduct free, fair, credible, inclusive and acceptable elections.”

She explained that the meeting would enable participants to identify potential challenges or obstacles that might arise during the implementation process and to address these issues proactively ahead of time.

“It will also ensure that we are all on the same page and have a clear understanding of our roles and responsibilities leading up to the election. It is therefore crucial that we work together seamlessly to ensure a smooth and successful execution of the outlined activities to achieve a successful election process,” the Director added.

The State Director for the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mrs Adelayo Adefalalu ably represented by Mr. Akinde Babatunde commended the initiative of the Implementation Meeting stating that it is crucial and vital for the conduct of the election.

The Director NOA stressed that “all hands must be on deck because all eyes are on Ondo State and we must get it right to change the people’s perception and mindset towards the electoral process. We are ready to collaborate with INEC to ensure the Ondo State Governorship Election is free, fair, credible, and acceptable”

Prevail Inegbenose

Prevail Inegbenose is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Spark Media & Entertainment Ventures, the Publisher of Spark News Daily - Nigeria's most sought-after online newspaper in Government, Politics, Sport, Entertainment and Religion. Prevail Inegbenose studied Mass Communication from the prestigious Auchi Polytechnic Auchi and graduated in 2007. He is an experienced journalist with 16 years of active and practical journalism. Prevail Inegbenose is the Lead Pastor, House of God Int'l - Rest Tabernacle, Abuja - Nigeria. Tel: 08039564796.

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