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High cost of conducting elections in Nigeria is caused by insecurity - INEC

High cost of conducting elections in Nigeria is caused by insecurity - INEC

- Prevailing insecurity in most parts of Nigeria has been attributed to the high cost of conducting elections in the country

- The INEC national commissioner in charge of Benue, Enugu and Anambra states, Festus Okoye, made the assertion on Saturday, November 10

- According to him, the commission is working hard to ensure internally displaced persons living in various camps are not disenfranchised

The National Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) has attributed the high cost of conducting elections to prevailing insecurity in most parts of the country and called for peaceful coexistence among Nigerians.

The INEC national commissioner in charge of Benue, Enugu and Anambra states, Festus Okoye, said this on Saturday, November 10, in Makurdi during an interaction with leaders of political parties, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and the media, NAN reports.

Legit.ng gathers that he acknowledged that though such huge deployment of security personnel during elections helped in stabilising the electoral process, it was also capital intensive.

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Okoye, a civil society activist, called on the stakeholders to mobilise the electorate against electoral violence and general insecurity in the country.

He said the commission was working hard to ensure internally displaced persons living in various camps are not disenfranchised.

Okoye said: “The conditions of the IDPs are horrible, no Nigerian deserve to live in a camp. I call on all including the media to mobilise the people against insurgency. No matter how bad their conditions are, we will make sure they vote during the elections.

“We are working with State Emergency Management Agencies (SEMA) to capture their details. All registered IDPs will vote."

He said no Nigerian that has attained voting age that possessed a valid voter card would be denied the right to exercise their franchise.

The national commissioner said: “It is only through voting that they can take ownership of the electoral process by voting those they want.”

He called on the electorate to check their names in the ongoing display of voters register to avoid omissions and spelling errors.

He also warned political parties to avoid wrong substitution of candidates’ names, saying only list of candidates duly signed by party chairmen and secretaries will be accepted by the commission.

Okoye appealed to parties to respect their internal democratic principles to avoid litigations after party primaries and assured that efforts had been intensified to ensure the credibility of the polls.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said except for the delay in the passage of the election budget by the National Assembly, it was ready to conduct the 2019 general elections.

The commission's national commissioner of publicity, Solomon Soyebi, made the statement on Sunday, September 9.

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