From Lekan Babatude, Ado-Ekiti
Four political parties in Ekiti State, namely the All Progressive Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Action Alliance (AA), All Progressive Grand Alliance and Young Progressive Party (YPP), have signed a peace accord ahead of the Saturday, March 20 be-election in Ekiti East Constituency I.
The parties signed the agreement in Omuo-Ekiti, headquarters of Ekiti East local government area of the state at a meeting with the State Commissioner of Police, Tunde Mobayo and the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Adeniran Tells.
In his remark at the occasion, the INEC boss assured people of the constituency that their votes would count and called for their cooperation to ensure violent free bye election.
The INEC Commissioner said that all non- sensitive materials had been distributed to all wards in the constituency, adding that the commission was still waiting for the sensitive ones.
He added further stated that the electoral body had also undertaken the training of Ad-hoc officials to be used for the election, bulk of whom are members of National Youths Service Corps.
” We ready to conduct a bye-election with international standard. Provision of Voter registers is in progress, based on what we used during the last poll because no fresh registration has taken place since then.
” However, it is mandatory that we give participating political parties soft copies of the registers in use, to confirm and consolidate our level of transparency and commitment”, he said.
Speaking at the occasion, the Police Commissioner, represented by Mr Patrick Daaor, caution the parties against any form of violence and reminded them that his men and other security agencies would be deployed for security of lives and property.