INEC fixes May 21 for Kwara bye-election

Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed 21st  of next month for a bye-election into the Oke-Ero Constituency of Kwara State.

Addressing newsmen on Friday at the INEC headquarters in Ilorin, the INEC Commissioner, Dr Emmanuel Onecheyo said the election would take place in 63 polling units and ten registration centres.

Dr Onecheyo who was represented by the Head of General Administration Department, Doctor Sidiq Dariga noted that INEC was ready to discharge its duties in accordance with the Constitution and the Electoral Act as amended.

He appealed to politicians to play the game according to the rules by shunning violence and hate speeches before, during and after the election.

Dr Onecheyo who confirmed that Card readers would be used during the election called on all players in the bye-election to cooperate with INEC throughout the electoral process.

In his remarks, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Sam Okaula who was represented by an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abubakar Yahya promised that security agencies would ensure adequate protection of lives and property.

Mr. Okaula warned that security agencies would not allow any breakdown of law and order, urging politicians to conduct themselves in an orderly manner during the election.

Representatives of political parties who spoke at the event promised to support INEC and security agencies in ensuring free, fair and credible poll.

It would be recalled that the former member of the State House of Assembly, representing Oke-Ero constituency, Mr. Moses Afolayan died on the 13th of January, this year.