The Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) has stated that thugs have already been mobilised to mar actions of the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states.
Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman, made this recognized on Friday whereas talking on the quarterly assembly of the inter-agency consultative committee on election safety (ICCES) going down in Abuja.
He stated: There are already warning alerts within the two sates (which) are politically risky. Our personal danger evaluation which shall be shared with the safety companies at this assembly has recognized some flash factors.
We’re additionally involved that thugs have been mobilised from inside and outdoors the states with the purpose of both influencing the elections or disrupting the method on behalf of partisan sponsors.
This requires a strong response earlier than the elections, on election day and throughout the technique of collation and declaration of outcomes.
He stated there should be swift response by safety companies to deal with the growing desperation by political actors to disrupt elections and subvert the need of the voters.
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If that occurs, many Nigerians will blame the electoral umpire and the safety companies. We should proceed to rise to this problem, he added.
Over the past seven months, now we have been working assiduously to make sure that we conduct credible elections. We can’t undermine the processes now we have so laboriously established, he added.
We’ve got been reassured by the safety companies that election day actions at polling models and collation centres is not going to be disrupted by the actions of hoodlums neither will thugs be allowed to cart away outcomes sheets or compel our returning officers to make declarations underneath duress.
We’re equally re-assured that safety personnel will adhere strictly to the usual operational tips and deal decisively with misconduct by their personnel on election responsibility.
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