Group urges INEC to address lapses ahead March 9 elections

Group urges INEC to address lapses ahead March 9 elections

- A group has called on INEC to address some of the lapses encountered during the February 23 Presidential and National Assembly elections

- The group said issues relating to logistic supplies, Smart Card Readers, conduct of electoral officers should be reviewed

- According to the group, the safety of members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) should also be addressed before the Saturday, March 9, election

Kimpact Development Initiatives (KDI), an NGO, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to address some of the lapses encountered during the February 23 Presidential and National Assembly elections.

Bukola Idowu, the executive director, KDI, and coordinator, southwest Hub of Nigerian Election Violence Report (NEVR) made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday, March 4, in Osogbo.

Idowu, who was speaking ahead of the March 9 Governorship and National Assembly elections, said, “despite INEC’s success in conducting the presidential and national assembly elections, the late arrival of sensitive materials to polling units remains one of the challenges that must be tackled in the coming gubernatorial election.”

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He said that issues relating to logistic supplies, Smart Card Readers, conduct of electoral officers, and the safety of members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) should be addressed if the March 9 elections were to be successfully conducted.

He called on relevant stakeholders to work closely with the electoral umpire for the success of the elections.

“We urge relevant stakeholders to support INEC in the coming March 9 elections in order to achieve success without any hitches,” he said.

The coordinator praised security agencies for ensuring the safety of lives and properties of Nigerians during the presidential and national assembly elections.

He called for the deployment of more security operatives to polling units to safeguard the lives of voters and sensitive election materials.

He also called on the electorate to eschew any act that could lead to electoral violence before, during and after the March 9 elections.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that some Nigerians under the platform of Occupy Nigeria took over Unity Fountain, Abuja to protest the declaration of President Muhammad Buhari as winner of the just concluded presidential election.

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The group on Monday, March 4, condemned in its totality the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the Saturday, February 23, presidential election which took place across states in the country.

Speaking to Legit.ng, Idris Usman, the convener of Occupy Nigeria, a coalition of civil society organisations and Nigerians from all walks of life said the decision made by INEC must be reversed and due process followed in ensuring that the vote of every Nigerian counts in the 2019 presidential election.

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