Jail awaits politicians who convert houses to polling units - Delta REC

Jail awaits politicians who convert houses to polling units - Delta REC

- Politicians have been warned against electoral violence, vote buying and other forms of malpractices in the 2019 general elections

- According to Delta state REC, any politician caught in the act would be handed over to police for prosecution

- Omorogbe said Nigerian Navy would protect sensitive materials at the riverine areas with gun boats at the front and back

Cyril Omorogbe, Delta state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), on Wednesday, January 30, warned politicians against electoral violence, vote buying and other forms of malpractices in the 2019 general elections.

Omorogbe said any politician caught converting their houses and farms to polling units and deprive others access to exercise their franchise during the elections would be handed over to police for prosecution, Leadership reports.

The REC who made this known in Asaba during the stakeholders’ briefing on Niger Delta Watch 2019, warned that some trouble makers might want to frustrate the effort of the commission to make the election free, fair and credible.

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Omorogbe, however, disclosed that about 95 percent of people who registered in Delta state have collected their voters’ cards, unlike in some states where the cards are abandoned.

He assured that there was no cause for alarm in such LGAs as Ughelli North, Warri North, Ndokwa East and Ndokwa North as security arrangements had been perfected.

The REC added that the Nigerian Navy would protect sensitive materials at the riverine areas with gun boats at the front and back.

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He said the governorship candidates of PDP and APC in the state have been very civil but their surrogates were potentially fanning the embers of violence should their candidates do not win, leading to one person being murdered at Uvwie LGA, kidnapping in Udu LGA.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission in Gombe state warned the 250 supervisory presiding officers in the state against partisan politics during the forthcoming general elections.

Alhaji Umar Ibrahim, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), gave the advice during an inspection visit to the officers during their training in Gombe on Thursday, January 24.

He said the commission was an independent umpire, hence, the need for all its officers to be nonpartisan toward ensuring free, fair and credible elections.

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