Ahead of the 2019 general elections in Nigeria, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Nasarawa State, has assured the people that the Commission would deliver free, fair, credible and acceptable elections in the middle-belt state.
The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner(REC) in the state, Dr. Uthman Abdul-Rahman Ajidagba, gave the assurance today, Monday, in Lafia, during the advocacy visit of African Centre for Entrepreneurship and Information Development, ACEIDEV, Abuja, a non-governmental organization committed to advocating for social and economic rights of citizens in the society.
Dr. Uthman said that INEC has the unreserved aim of delivering an election that would be acceptable by all nigerians as its level of credibility cannot be in doubt, and as an independent umpire, is highly committed to anything that would enhance the achievement of the goal.
“First and foremost, I want to thank ACEIDEV for what you are doing as a civil society organization. Apart from helping the Government and Nigerian society during these periods of elections, you are tremendously assisting INEC in tackling some of the tasks before it.
“Neither INEC nor the government alone can guarantee a successful election. It needs the supports of Organizations like yours, and other well-meaning Nigerians to do that.
“While we want to assure you and the nigerian public of a hitch-free elections, kindly note that your efforts, our efforts, coupled with other stakeholders’ efforts would make the tasks surmountable.
“We want to assure you that we are willing and open to working with your organization to ensure our goal of holding a credible, peaceful, free and fair elections is not only achieved, but to the satisfaction of all nigerians,” the Resident Electoral Commissioner said.
Speaking earlier, Executive Director of ACEIDEV, James Ugochukwu, who led the delegation, said the reason for their visit to the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner was to notify him and the Commission of their presence in Nasarawa State and the roles they would play before, during and after the general elections.
He said as a civil society organization backed by the SITUATION ROOM, Abuja, with a phrasal slogan “If You No Vote for Election, Na Wetin You Gain?”, they are in Nasarawa State to deepen grassroots engagement in the electoral process before, during and after the 2019 general elections through strategic engagement and collaborations with key stakeholders such as INEC, Inter-Agency Committee on Election Security, Traditional and Faith-based Organizations, Community-based Organizations, Women and Youth Groups as well as Political Parties to promote issue-based and people-centred 2019 general elections.
James Ugochukwu added that their mission was also to galvanize the people to adopt a people-centred approach to curbing and mitigating incidents of election and post-election violence in Nasarawa State to ensure free, fair, credible and violence-free 2019 polls.
He further added that ACEIDEV will be embarking on advocacy meetings with key stakeholders on election in Nasarawa State ahead of the 2019 elections, focus on meeting key stakeholders such as INEC, National Orientation Agency, the Nigerian Police Force, Department of State Service, Women and Youth Organizations as well as Traditional and Faith-based Organizations, training and redeploying Election Observers in all the thirteen Council Areas of the State during the Presidential and Governorship elections and providing technical support to INEC in Nasarawa State.