Independent National Electorate Commission (INEC) has assured the electorate and stakeholders of free and fair election in the governorship by-election in Adamawa State scheduled to hold on October 11.
Addressing the political class, stakeholders and traditional rulers in the conference hall of the commission on Thursday, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in charge of Adamawa, Kassim Gaidam, explained that plans have reached advance stage for the conduct of the by–election.
While applauding the political atmosphere of the state, Gaidam said there was need for the stakeholders and the commission to come together to deliver a credible, free, fair and transparent election to the good people of Adamawa State and the nation at large.
He said the Adamawa election is expected to match standard of those that have just been held Ekiti and Osun states to give a positive signal for the 2015 general elections.
While urging the aspirants as well as political parties to play by the rules throughout the electoral process and imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship, the REC observed that the success of the impending election and subsequent ones are a challenge for “all of us to be good ambassadors of voter education”.
According to Gaidam, “for that to be possible, the cooperation of all stakeholders, especially politicians and members of the public, is very necessary, and as such we are duty bound to sensitise and educate the electorate to carry out this basic all important responsibility”.
He advised politicians to take the challenges as an opportunity to market their programmes, educate their supporters on the processes of exercising their franchise, preach the etiquette of good conduct and mobilise them to come out and cast their votes en-mass.
On the part of INEC and its entire staff, Giadam assured the stakeholders that “by God’s grace, we shall be non-partisan, transparent, fair and firm as well as ready to always provide level playing ground to all contestants”.
Meanwhile, according to the time-table for the by-election, the last date for conduct of party primaries, including resolution of disputes arising from the primaries, should be done by September 7.
Last day for submission of forms CF002 and CF001 and nomination forms at the INEC headquarters is September 17.
Similarly, the last day for publication of personal particulars of candidates is September 23.