Kano Re-run: Observers urge INEC to prosecute electoral offenders

Acheme Jack, Kano


The coalition of 18 Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) accredited national and international observers has called on INEC to collaborate with the Nigeria police to investigate electoral offenders and apply measures to sanction any person or group of persons found culpable.

The leader of the group, Dr. Ibrahim Baba of Centre for Intervention who spoke on behalf of others, noted that any person or group of persons found to be involved in such electoral offences should be punished so as to serve as deterrent to others.

Baba, said despite reports of election related violence and intimidation, the overall political climate in the state during the re-run election remained peaceful and conducive for the conduct of democratic elections.

According to him, “the collaborative relationship between INEC and Inter-agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCS), contributed to the generally peaceful atmosphere in the state.

“We give kudos to the security agencies for maintaining the highest level of professionalism before, during and after the conduct of the supplementary election.”

The group, however, called on the winners and losers to respect the rule of law and caution their supporters to remain peaceful and law abiding.

They called on politicians to refrain from disseminating false information and channel their electoral complaints and grievances through established legal processes.

Finally, the group congratulated the good citizens of Kano state for their, “resilience, dedication, steadfastness towards this great democratic venture.”