- The Election Analysis Centre of the Centre of Democracy and Development says the military has no business in elections
- The centre says the military can only participate in elections in states battling with insurgency
- The director of the centre, Idayat Hassan, said this in Abuja in response to President Muhammadu Buhari's statement that the military would deal ruthlessly with ballot box snatchers
Following President Muhammadu Buhari's statement that the military would deal ruthlessly with ballot box snatchers, the Election Analysis Centre (EAC) of the Centre of Democracy and Development (CDD) has said that security operatives, especially the military, should not take part in elections except in states battling with insurgency.
The director of the centre, Idayat Hassan, who said this at a press briefing in Abuja on Thursday, February 21, expressed concern about voter's apathy, Premium Times reports.
Legit.ng notes that Hassan said: “The laws are quite clear, electoral offenders are either liable to two years imprisonment or N500,000 fine, nothing suggests shooting on sight as mentioned earlier by the President."
“Voters turnout since 1999 has been on a progressive decline, such that if we get a 45 per cent turnout in these elections, we would have really improved on what was obtainable during the 2015 elections.
“In spite of these issues, our assessment based on Prof. Yakubu’s briefings as well as verified information from thousands of our observers on the field, we believe that the Electoral Commission is ready for Saturday’s vote.
“Nonetheless, there is a great deal of work to be done, including ensuring that issues concerning every aspect of logistics as well as the movement of materials and personnel from local government areas are completed without any further delay.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari challenged the electorate on the need to honour their civic duty as voters by going to the polls on Saturday, February 23, to vote for candidates of their choice.
The president, in a nationwide broadcast in Abuja on Friday, February 22, said eligible voters were duty bound to participate in electing a government that would lead Nigeria to its finest destiny.
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He said the call had become imperative in view of the fact that “elections are the cornerstone of representative governance and voting constitutes the highest and best expression of the sovereign will of the people to choose the government that best represents them”.
According to the president, it is only upon the freely expressed will of the people that government truly dedicated to the welfare, rights and interests of the people can be founded.
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