The Independent National Electoral Commission says its Commission in Ekiti surpassed other 35 states of the Federation in its conduct of the 2019 elections.
These high marks for INEC in Ekiti was revealed by the National Commissioner in charge of Osun, Ekiti and Oyo states, Prince Solomon Soyebi at the post election review of 2019 general elections on Monday in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.
Addressing Electoral officers and other officials involved in the polls, He said Ekiti ranked high in punctuality to polling units as well as compliance to electoral process.
“Ekiti performed well in the conduct of the February/March polls. You came first in terms of punctuality to the polling units, the second one is that you are the first state to turn up in the result of the presidential election, third one which you are just getting to know now is you are the first when it comes to compliance with electoral processes. So this is more of a Congratulation to you, He added.”
Prince soyebi also gave insights into some of the logistical issues that plagued the 2019 polls.
“prior to the elections, we were in Akure one day to drop papers and then we realized that the Akure airport could not handle that, no single forklift in Akure airport.
The plane had to go back to Lagos and we had to transport these papers by road in about 15 to 20 trucks and anybody who travels from Lagos to Akure would say it’s between 3 to 4 hours drive but it’s not the same with trucks, the trucks take about 10 hours even with tight security before we now start talking about sorting.” He explained.
In his opening address, Administrative Secretary of the Commission, Dr Muslim Omoleke said the review was intended to identify grey areas during the conduct of the polls in other to make necessary amends.
With 1,334 days to the 2023 elections, it is expected that the review would help kick start the preparations for that poll.