By kehinde Emmanuel, Ilorin
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has assured the people of the Kwara state that the commission would conduct the best and most credible elections come Feb 16 and March 2, 2019.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Kwara, Mallam Garba Attahiru-Madami gave the assurance on Sunday at his maiden interactive session with the staff and end of the year get together in Ilorin.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission currently enjoys a good national standing and reputation largely because of its successful conduct of the past electoral activities and elections.
“A case in point is the recently successful conduct of Ekiti/Irepodun/Isin/Oke-Ero Federal Constituency By-election.
“This achievement was the result of honest efforts, industry and dedication of all of you here assembled.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission which you have nourished to this high esteem has no other option than to work towards achieving greater heights,” Madami added.
The REC tasked all INEC staff in Kwara to re-dedicate themselves, in the spirit of cooperation to excellent and honest service to the nation.
“Our collective vision of INEC should be that of a dynamic and respectable organisation that is a major force in the sustenance of democracy in Nigeria,” he said.
According to the REC, Kwara State Office of INEC must play a key role that would enhance her to be selected as the best state in conducting elections.
“This nation demands of us individually and collectively to manage the election process with complete impartiality, dedication, transparency and integrity.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission has no place for persons who do not meet these character attributes,” the REC added.
He advised INEC staff in the state not to fraternise with politicians until after the 2019 general elections.
“This is not the time to fraternise with politicians; distance yourself from the politicians even if they are your friends until after the elections,” he said.
The occasion also witnessed recognition of staff who performed excellently well in 2018 and letters of commendation were presented to them.
The interactive session was attended by representatives of the Commissioner of Police, Controller of Immigration, Directorate of State Services, Nigerian Air Force, National Orientation Agency and NYSC.
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