Electoral boss assures Nigerians of credible elections

Timothy Choji, Abuja

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Nigeria’s electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC says it will continue to conduct credible elections, in line with the wish of all Nigerians.

INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu said this on Tuesday, while speaking to State House Correspondents, after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

Telling Journalists why he was in the State House, Professor Yakubu said: “It is essentially on the conclusion of all the litigations with respect to all the national and state houses of assembly elections arising from the 2019 general elections. So far thirty elections were nullified by courts orders, some in whole state constituencies others in pocket constituencies.

“We have conducted two elections in these elections-Kogi West and Ajaokuta Federal Constituencies. We have 28 elections outstanding spread across 11 states of the federation and the Commission has already fixed 25th of January – that is in the next 19 days for the conduct of the courts ordered re-run elections and we are ready for these elections. 

 “In addition, we met with His Excellency, Mr President and he reiterated his commitment to ensuring that the processes of free and fair and the environment is secured for that to happen.  That was why the meeting was held involving the electoral commission and the Inspector General of Police. 

Also, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu gave assurance on the provision of the right atmosphere for credible elections.

“As the INEC Chairman told you, the government wants to have an election process that is equal to none in terms of example that could be given to the world so that free, fair and credible elections will take place and for that reason there must be a secured environment. And in securing the environment, the security strategy that was in place in the previous elections has to be reviewed, has to be enhanced so as to have an election that violence will not be tolerated, ballot snatching will not be tolerated.

 “Those that usually participated in such actions like the politicians, security agencies, the INEC officials and any other group that partake in that, this time around they will not be allowed to do that.  We shall make an example of anybody that wants to use violence to achieve his aim during the electoral process. This is the message that we are sending to Nigerians and this is the beginning of the process to make sure that this country from now onwards gets elections that is exemplary to the rest of the world,” the Police boss explained.

 

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