The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) in Ekiti State has released the notice for the governorship poll in the state in accordance with Section 30 of the Electoral Act.
The state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, (REC), Prof. Abdul-Ganiyu Olayinka Raji, who released the election 90-day notice at a press conference in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, yesterday, said “open campaign by political parties would commence on April 15, 2018 while the governorship election would hold on July 14, 2018.”
The INEC boss also called on the political parties to submit the lists of their party agents on the stipulated date and warned that any political party that failed to do so would not have party agents for the election.
He added that security agencies would continue to monitor those who flout the rules and regulations of the conduct of the election and warned that those who go against it would be prosecuted.
He urged the people who were yet to collect their permanent voter’s cards (PVCs) to do so for the purpose of the governorship election.
“Over 513,000 PVCs have been collected as at March 2018, while about 221 PVCs were yet to be collected in the state. The figure of the PVCs, include the remaining ones after the last general election held in Ekiti state,” Raji said.
He further said training of INEC staff had started for the election, including the ad-hoc staff, who shall also be drawn from the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, members.