The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has advised staff members of the commission participating in the Saturday Ondo Governorship election to consolidate on the INEC’s recent achievement by accounting for every single vote cast in the election.
INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, gave the advice in his message on the election, issued in Abuja.
Yakubu recalled that on the eve of the Edo State Governorship election, he appealed to the hardworking staff members of the Commission to rise to the occasion and deliver a free, fair and credible process in accordance with INEC established policy.
“Indeed, our staff members, assisted by the security agencies and other critical stakeholders, did not spare any effort in ensuring the successful conduct of the election.
“Clearly, Nigerians and friends of Nigeria are pleased with the outcome and we are encouraged by their commendations.
“However, we cannot afford to rest on our oars.
“Another end-of-tenure Governorship election is upon us. There is now an even higher expectation on Ondo State.
“We must consolidate on our recent achievement and account for every single vote cast on Oct. 10, in a transparent manner which will ensure that only the choice of the electorate prevails.”
Yakubu urged all staff members to resist any temptation and be committed to the vision and mission of INEC in carrying out their duties during the election.
“I implore all of you to resist any form of temptation and let your individual actions be guided by the extant laws and good conscience.
“Always remember that any unethical action by one INEC official is capable of rubbing off on all of us.
“Remain vigilant, principled and committed to the mission and vision of the Commission,” Yakubu said.