- INEC has been charged by a lawmaker, Labari Tella, on the need for transparency in the coming elections
- According to Tella, the electoral body has the biggest responsibility to ensure the election is free and fair
- The lawmaker asked the commission's officials to be tolerant of voters so that law and order is maintained
Labari Tella, a member representing Jema’a local government at the Kaduna state House of Assembly, has tasked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the need to be transparent in its conduct of the forthcoming general elections.
Tella told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, February 13, in Kafanchan that the electoral umpire should live up to its expectation and not betray the confidence reposed in it by Nigerians.
“INEC has the onus to either make or mar the entire process, as such it must prove to Nigerians a high level of transparency and equity in the discharge of its responsibility," he said.
He urged officials of the commission, particularly its field workers, to tolerate likely excessive behaviours by voters and not to react in ways that could lead to breakdown of law and order.
“I wish to plead with INEC staffers who would be stationed at the various polling units to be civil enough with the electorate and cooperate with security agencies to avoid any form of rancour," he said.
The lawmaker, however, admonished Nigerians and his constituent in particular on the need to exhibit maturity and conduct themselves orderly during and after the elections.
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He said the people should vote wisely for candidates of their choice and not to give in to material aggrandizement by sacrificing their future on the altar of greed.
Tella called on the various candidates to approach the polls with the spirit of sportsmanship and accept the results in good faith, adding that those aggrieved should seek redress through judicial process.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the resident electoral commissioner for Delta, Dr Cyril Omorogbe, on Tuesday, February 12, reiterated that the INEC has zero tolerance to vote buying and other electoral malpractices.
Omorogbe restated this at a stakeholders’ meeting held in collaboration with security agencies, under the auspices of Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) for 2019 general elections in Asaba.
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