Kogi State new Resident Electorial Commissioner, REC, Samuel Madaki Usman has called on politicians in the state to play politics without bitterness, stressing that contesting candidates for forthcoming re-run election should play the game by the rules.
The REC made the appeal in Lokoja yesterday while addressing stakeholders, members of registered political parties, security operatives and others over his mission and the INEC preparation towards the re-run election in the East Senatorial District in the state.
He said the commission is determined to conduct free, fair and credible election in the Kogi East Senatorial zone, stressing that the onus of the assurance for a conducive atmosphere lies with the politicians.
He therefore charged the stakeholders to go home and collaborate with electorate towards ensuring a credible and acceptable re-run election in the concerned district of the state.
The REC said it is the resolve of the commission to continue to create level playing ground for all players in the electoral process, noting that in doing so, it (INEC) adds value to the process of election.
“One way of doing this is making both the vote and voter count as it has been observed in scenarios where the numbers of registered people yet to vote are higher than the gap between the two leading contestants to a given office. When this happens, the contest is declared inconclusive and another opportunity is allowed for free exercise of franchise to all registered voters”, he expressed.
However, the security operatives, police, army, navy and its like have assured that the re-run election will be given adequate cover; just as they advised the politicians to educate their supporters to desist from any action that may lead to breakdown of law and order during the said election.

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