The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, has said the commission cannot afford to fail in carrying out free and fair governorship election in Kogi State.
Speaking in Lokoja, Kogi State, on Wednesday, at the stakeholders’ forum on the update of voter registration, which commences today in all the 239 wards across the state, the INEC chairman, posited that all eyes would be on Kogi State in the December 3 governorship election.
According to him, the commission was ready to make sure that the election was free and fair, adding that “Kogi State cannot be an exception, we must not fail, we must be up to the task.”
The INEC boss, who was represented by the National Commissioner and chairman, Board of Electoral Institute, Professor Lai Olurode, said the update of the voter registration exercise in Kogi State was to make sure that those who could not register during the last exercise could do so, so that they could participate in the December governorship election in the state.
He said the exercise would be monitored strictly by the security agents and their ad hoc staff who would participate in the exercise.
Professor Jega, who lamented that about 800,000 double registration was recorded during the last voter registration exercise, said the people of Nigeria needed to enlighten one another, so that the country could always have free and fair election.