- The APC in Kwara state has warned INEC against compromising its integrity and neutrality in the 2019 polls
- The party especially cautioned the electoral commission on the deployment of ad-hoc staffers in the state
- The APC said they received information that those being posted across Kwara as Electoral Officers and technical staff were nominated by the PDP
The Kwara state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against compromising its integrity and neutrality in the execution of its assignment, especially in the deployment of ad-hoc staffers in the state, during the rescheduled 2019 general elections.
The warning was contained in a statement sent to Legit.ng, on Monday, February 18, by the Kwara APC chairman, Hon. Bashir Bolarinwa.
The chairman said the party has received information that those being posted across the state as Electoral Officers (EOs) and Technical Staff were nominated and trained by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He also cited the case of an EO who was caught hiding boxes of ballot papers in an office in Kwara north by a DSS officer, saying that when the EO was forced to open the office by the DSS official, he admitted to hiding the boxes, but claimed it was a mistake.
“We have also been inundated with the information that the technical staff in particular, most of whom are trained ICT experts, are known PDP members and are under strict instructions to manipulate the card readers in favour of the PDP.
“It is totally unacceptable that INEC, which is the umpire, will work in cahoots with any political party or even accept a list of ad-hoc staff from the parties. We are therefore calling on the security agencies to put all INEC staffers under strict surveillance to forestall any attempt to compromise them. On our part, we will also ensure that the process is not compromised by tainted staffers.
“As we have always said, we want a level playing field for all the political parties contesting the elections in the state. It is only then that the people can most freely exercise their franchise, and the party which has the support of the people will emerge victorious,” he said.
Bolarinwa also called on INEC to make available to all the parties the record of the sensitive materials they will be deploying to all local governments and wards across the state, ahead of Saturday's Presidential and National Assembly elections.
He said this is necessary in order for the parties to know what is deployed where, and to forestall the attempt by desperate politicians to rig the elections.
Meanwhile, the Catholic Action Nigeria has called on the INEC chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, to put the electoral body in order or resign if he can't accomplish the task.
The group, however, encouraged Nigerians to come out enmasse during the dates for the rescheduled election, “to vote in a government that will put Nigeria and Nigerians first and uphold the values and dignity of human life as espoused through the social teachings of the Catholic Church.”
The Catholic group also canvassed for electronic voting to be properly and fully introduced in the 2023 general elections.
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