Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, today revealed that the commission has adopted new initiatives to ensure that Saturday’s governorship election was not rigged.
He made the disclosure today at a Stakeholders’ meeting organised in Ado-Ekiti for Political parties with the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar in attendance.
Jega revealed that each of the 16 local government areas would use different colour ballot papers and different ballot boxes affixed with serial numbers.
He said the new initiatives will make it difficult for people to smuggle the materials across borders.
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has warned politicians that are not registered to vote in Ekiti to stay away from the state on Saturday.
He said his men would not hesitate to arrest anyone, no matter how highly placed who was found wanting on the Election Day.
“I will not tolerate anyone, no matter how highly placed to act in a manner capable of throwing the State into chaos.
“You can not take out any government vehicle and say you want to go and supervise, you have nothing to supervise and anyone that tries our will in this regard will see Police in action,” he threatened.
“If you want to be a leader of your people, I expect you to be obedient to the law and not law breaker.
“Whoever is arrested in connection with this election will be brought to my office in Abuja and will not come back to Ekiti until after sometime,” he added.
Eighteen political parties and their candidates are expected to participate in the election next Saturday.