INEC considers Nov. 16 for Kogi West Senate election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) it will explore the possibility of using the Nov. 16 governorship to conduct a fresh Kogi Senatorial district.

The INEC National Commissioner in charge of Kogi, Nasarawa and Kwara States, Alhaji Mohammed Haruna, dropped the hint in Lokoja on Friday.

Fielding questions from newsmen on the Court Appeal judgment nullifying the of Sen. Dino Melaye, Haruna said that since the governorship was still 34 days away, there was possibility to hold same day.

The Court of Appeal in Abuja nullified the of PDP’s Melaye and ordered INEC to conduct fresh within 90 days of its judgment.

The judgment was on the petition filed Sen. Smart Adeyemi, the candidate of the All Congress (APC) in the February 26 election.

The INEC national commissioner was in Lokoja for a workshop on organised for media executives, journalists and bloggers the International Foundation for Electoral System (IFES) in collaboration with INEC.

Haruna told the participants to be wary of and its implications, saying that unverified news should not be allowed space.

He also enjoined them to support INEC to institute credible electoral process in the .

On concern in some quarters on the possible manipulation of the card reading machine unscrupulous , the national commissioner dismissed it as “practically impossible’’.

He also assured that the commission would allow a level playing ground for all candidates in the election, but appealed to them to play the game according to rules.

The state Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr Adeiza Jimoh, assured that journalists would be professional in the discharge of their duties before, during and after the election.

He the IFES and INEC for organising the refresher for his members, saying that the workshop is timely. (NAN)