The people of Ilaje federal constituency of Ondo state are expected to file out next Saturday, March 5 as the Independent Electoral Commission,INEC has concluded arrangements to conduct bye-election to fill the vacant seat of the House of Representatives of that area.
To this effect, stakeholders and especially top politicians from that district have called on INEC and the security agencies in particular to play their respective roles expected of them very well in order to ensure a free , fair and crisis free elections.
According to the state chairman of the People’s Democratic Party ,Mr Ebenezer Alabi,there was the need for the military to guide against past occurencies whereby their soldiers were used by politicians with inordinate ambitions on the day of voting to scuttle elections in that terrain. Also speaking to journalists,another political bigwig from the area,Mr Isaac Kekemeke said any attempt by anyone this time around to distrupt the eletion or manipulate resuls will be resisted.
Seven political parties have already been cleared by INEC to take part but there are three major contending parties,namely the Labour P
arty,LP,the People’s Democratic Party,PDP, and the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Candidates of these three parties,Chief Kolade Akinjo, Mr Wale Kukute and Mr Wale Omojuwa have also appealed to INEC to ensure a free and fair playing field for all contestants on the election day.
Meanwhile, the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Ondo state, Mr Akin Orebiyi and the State Commissioner of police,Mr Isaac Eke have called on voters and contestants to be orderly and peaceful in their conduct as well as play the game on elections day accoding to the rules and regulations as laid by INEC.
It would be recalled that the seat to the Ilaje federal constituency became vacant following the death of Hon Raphael Omiye in Abuja after a brief illness.
IT wwould also be recalled that agitations for crisis free elections became increased as a result of problems recorded during the 2011 House of REPS election in the area which then resulted in the delay of collation of votes and announcement of results then.
Also in the 2012 governorship elections votes of several wards from that constituency were contested and voided at the elections tribunal.

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