By Gbenga Olarinoye
OSUN State Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Mr Olusegun Agbaje has commended political parties in the state for conducting violence-free primaries.
Speaking during an advocacy visit by Hope for Family Health Initiative, HFHI, an NGO working against violence against women, Agbaje noted that even with pockets of complaints by aggrieved members, there is commendable maturity by concerned parties.
According to him, of the 15,000 ad-hoc staff needed for the election, over 13,000 of them are ready with 8,000 from NYSC, thousands from other Federal government establishment such as staff of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Federal Polytechnic Ede, and other agencies of Federal government in the state.
Agbaje noted that the beauty of drafting these matured minds into the system unlike the time when secondary school drop-outs were employed is assurance of credible election.
The REC, who lamented voting apathy in Nigeria, said to encourage mass participation of electorate and ensure a violence free electoral process, accreditation and voting are to take place simultaneously.
Mr Agbaje gave assurance that the commission is fully prepared to conduct a free, fair and credible election adding that the commission has taken delivery of 95 per cent of the permanent voters card for the election.
He called on the electorate to arm themselves with their PVCs saying that it is the weapon that would be used by the electorate to elect their preferred candidate.
Earlier, the Executive Director of Hope for Family Health Initiative, Mr. Stephen Akinyemi Aremu had expressed the preparedness of the NGO to collaborate with INEC towards ensuring a violence- free election in Osun State