- The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has voiced out its fear over violence in the forthcoming governorship election in Kogi
- This was made known by the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Kogi, James Apam on Tuesday, September 17
- However, Apam said that the commission is ready to correct all the flaws in the past elections and ensure that the gubernatorial poll in the state is free and fair
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)'s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Kogi, James Apam, on Tuesday, September 17, expressed worries over possible violence during the November16 governorship election in the state.
Apam disclosed this at the unveiling of “Get out the Vote (GOTV), voter education and Stop Violence Against Women In Politics (STOP VAWIP)” campaign projects and multi-stakeholders’ meeting, in Lokoja, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
He said that INEC had, on several occasions, prepared to conduct credible elections and would have always put necessary machinery in place to ensure free, fair and acceptable elections only for such elections to be disrupted by violence.
The REC said that the commission intended to correct the flaws identified in past elections during the forthcoming election, saying “we intend to correct them and make this one a test case for elections in this country.
“INEC is doing everything possible to organise free, fair and credible governorship election in November. We have met with traditional rulers and other stakeholders in the state on the way forward.
“People always blame INEC when there is problem, but the truth of the matter is that in most cases, the electorate and politicians are responsible for the problems.
“Yes, on our part, we normally encounter some problems but I can assure you that some of these problems will be solved before, during and after election. Our main worry has always been violence.
“You spent a lot of time to prepare for elections, putting resources together, training men and women for the exercise.
“You send them to the field for the exercise and all of a sudden, someone with a gun appears and starts shooting and before you know what is happening, everything has been disrupted,” Apam lamented.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Senator Dino Melaye had predicted that Governor Yahaya Bello would be defeated in the Kogi governorship election scheduled for Saturday, November 16.
The Kogi lawmaker also dispelled rumour that he plans to leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following his loss at the party’s primary election.
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