Guardian, Nigeria: The national chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned staff of the agency against misconduct during the November 18 election in the state.
Prof. Mahmood Yakubu gave the hint at INEC state headquarters in Awka yesterday while addressing officers of the commission.
He noted that anybody caught perpetrating fraud would be dealt with in accordance with the law.
Yakubu, who charged the workers to ensure the election was flawless and historic, later visited Dunukofia and Oyi council areas of the state, accompanied by some departmental heads at INEC Abuja and Prof. Ikechukwu Ibeanu, national commissioner in-charge of the southeast zone.
He disclosed that INEC would on the day conduct both the governorship poll, and the state Assembly election for Idemili North constituency, and called on the staff to discharge their duties diligently.
Yakubu noted that the world was watching INEC’s resolve to make the governorship poll the best in the history of the commission, regretting that many people were working hard to see that it does not deliver a credible exercise.
He added: “The deployment of materials to local governments will commence tomorrow (Wednesday). The sensitive materials would be shared a day before the election.”
He directed all staff and ad hoc officials to report to polling units by 8 a.m., on Saturday.
Responding, State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Nkwachukwu Orji, said his staff were already upbeat about achieving a hitch-free election.