The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ondo State says it will go ahead with the governorship election slated for November 26, contrary to speculations that it may be shifted due to several court cases still pending on the eligibility of some candidates and other unresolved matters.
The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Olusegun Agbaje, said this at the media launch of “Stop Violence Against Women in Election,” a voters education campaign put together by various organisations, including the National Democratic Institute (NDI), Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Women Advancement and Development Institute (WADI), Youth Aglow Initiative (YAI), Youngsters Development Initiative (YDI) and Youth Initiative for Advancement (YIAGA) among others.
Agbaje, who was represented by Alhaji Kareem Omosanya at the event held yesterday in Akure, said the electoral body was 98 percent prepared for the election.
He stated that the INEC would use members of the National Youths Service Corps and some students of federal higher institutions during the election.
He said about 16,000 ad hoc staff would be recruited to take care of the election in the 18 local government areas of the state.
He said the training of ad hoc staff, including that of security operatives would be part of the exercise which would take off on November 1.
The Ondo State Commissioner of Police, Mrs Hilda Harrison-Ibifuro, said about 25,000 police officers would be deployed to provide security during the polls.