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2019: Shun Hate Speech, Fake News Oyo REC Tells Politicians, Supporters

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Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Oyo State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mr Mutiu Agboke, on Tuesday warned stakeholders especially politicians against hate speeches, fake news and any act capable of disrupting the peaceful conduct of the election.

Speaking at the Stakeholders’ Forum held at Civic Centre, Ibadan to sensitise stakeholders on the need to ensure a violence-free general election, he disclosed that no fewer than 735, 705 Permanent  Voter Cards (PVC) are yet to be collected by eligible voters.

According to him, Oyo INEC is still having 735, 705 uncollected PVC.

“This is alarming, hence, the need for collective efforts in ensuring that these PVC are collected,” he said.

The REC, who said that INEC has adopted quite a number of strategic means to reduce the high number of uncollected PVCs, stated that part of the efforts is the establishment of “Call Desks” at the state office.

“The Call Desks have been calling of PVC owners on phone to pick up their respective cards and the same was established at the local government level,” he said.

The theme of the Forum is, “Towards Credible 2019 General Elections and Civil campaigns with specific focus on Hate Speeches, Fake News and Vote Buying.”

Agboke who stated that commencement of campaign for 2019 general elections is five days ago, tasked stakeholders ranging from politicians to their supporters to shun all forms of hate speech that could derail the polls.

“Today marks five days to the commencement of campaign activities. It is ninety four days to the conduct of 2019 general elections.

“It is apt and timely, bearing in mind that political parties and their candidates   are set to commence campaigns and other electoral activities,” he said.

The REC who said that he was doing a lot to ensure a free and fair polls in the state, recalled that he had met with stakeholders in the electioneering process which include IPAC members, academic communities, non-governmental organisation, traditional rulers, religious bodies, the media and security agencies.

Also speaking, the state director of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mrs Dolapo Dosumu said that 2019 polls will represent the sovereign will of the people in line with the global best practices.

“A gathering like this is to ventilate opinions on how to put our democracy on the right footing is very crucial,” she said.

 


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