Osun REC: INEC Rigorously Training Officers for the Polls

By Gbenga Olarinoye


The Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC for Osun State, Dr. Adekunle Ogunmola said the commission is fully ready for the successful conduct of the general elections in the state.

Dr Ogunmola who spoke with our correspondent in Osogbo through the commission's spokesperson in the state, Mrs Adenike Tadese stated that to ensure the success of the exercise, the commission has just organized a refresher course for all the 105 Supervisory Presiding Officers, SPOs.

"These officers will later train the Assistant Presiding Officers, APOs, who are going to handle and operate the use of card readers", he added.

The REC pointed out that the commission in the state has so far distributed about 75 percent of the Permanent Voters Card, PVC while the distribution of the card is still on going.

On the card readers, the state REC stressed that the commission has taken full delivery of enough card readers that can go round all the polling centers in the state.

His words: "we have enough card readers, we even have in excess in case any of them malfunctioned on the day of the election and we have trained our staff how to operate it.

"We are fully prepared for the elections and all the necessary logistics for the successful conduct of the exercise have been put in place. We don't entertain any fear if the election is to be conducted today", he added. On Police preparations, men and officers of the state command of Nigerian police, have been warned against using their positions to oppress voters before and during the forthcoming general elections.

Speaking to officers and men of the command during a visit to Osun state police command, the Assistant Inspector General of Police Zone 11, Ikemefuna Okoye, said the primary duty of the police is to ensure peace where ever they are posted during the exercise.

According to him, the primary function of the police is to ensure the security of electoral officers, the electorates and electoral materials to achieve a violent free election.

He then advised them to be civil in their dealing with people and avoid oppressing them with their uniforms warning that the police leadership would not hesitate to deal decisively with any erring policeman or officer.

While restating the resolve of the police leadership to give priority to issues relating to the welfare of the police, Okoye demanded for total commitment to duties and respect for people's right.


Source: The Vanguard Newspaper