INEC refutes claims of removing Benue’s Resident Electoral Commissioner


By Victor Yako

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC in Benue State says the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr Nentawe Yilwatda is still in charge.

The Commission refuted the claims that it had swapped or removed the resident commissioner in the state.

The INEC National Commissioner supervising Benue, Anambra and Enugu States, Mr Festus Okoye made these clarifications at the State INEC headquarters in Makurdi after a closed door meeting with the staff of the commission.

”Ahead of Saturday’s Governorship and House of Assembly elections, INEC has made minor changes by transferring Electoral officers of Guma Local government to Obi Local government while that of Obi has been recalled to INEC headquarters awaiting further directives and the acting electoral officer for Guma now is Mr Jacob Ajum,” Mr Okoye stated.

The head of INEC national committee on voter education and publicity said all electoral officers across the state had been directed to ensure refresher training for all Adhoc staff on Friday and to activate Registration Area Centres and polling units at 8:00am on Saturday.

He further stressed that any resistance to use the smart card reader would automatically be recorded as zero votes.

He appealed to all the political stakeholders to allow INEC staff who are serving their Nation in the spirit of patriotism discharge their duties without interference.

On his own part the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr Nentawe Yilwatda stated that 33 Governorship Candidates are running for office while 433 candidates are vying for State House of Assembly.

He added the commission was ready to deliver a free fair and credible election for the people of Benue.


Mercy Chukwudiebere