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2015 Polls: Police, SSS, others promise unfettered polls in Osun

In Osun State, Michael Olanrewaju reports that the INEC, Police, SSS, NSCDC as well as the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have assured the residents of their readiness to make today’s elections credible and acceptable.

The REC in Osun State, Dr. Adekunle Daramola, said that INEC is ready for today’s presidential and National Assembly elections, stressing that the commission is set to give Nigerians free, fair and acceptable elections. Daramola promised that the commission would be unbiased.

According to him, the commission had distribute 73.35 per cent of the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) before the closure while over 4,000 card readers are available for about 3,700 polling units in the state.

On the issue of the use of Ad-hoc staff, he said the commission had trained about 700 youth corps members for the exercise, saying the six weeks extension was helpful.

He continued: “Our political parties should conduct themselves in accordance with the electoral act guiding elections, and ensure that their supporters eschew violence before, during and after the elections.”

On security, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abubarka Marafa, said officers and men of the command are ready, warning thugs and election riggers to steer clear of the state in their own interest.

Similarly, the state director of SSS, Mr. Andrew Iorkya, called on the two leading political parties in the country to maintain the peace during the elections.

The Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr. Felix Gbolade said the organisation is ready for today’s election. “‘We shall work for credible, free and fair election in Osun State. Nigeria is pregnant and the baby shall be delivered safely,” he said.

The Director of the NYSC urged security men to protect youth corps members being deployed for the elections, saying they should be treated as their own children.