INEC accuses politicians, security agencies of frustrating free elections in Nigeria

INEC accuses politicians, security agencies of frustrating free elections in Nigeria

- The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) accused politicians and security agencies of frustrating smooth electioneering in Nigeria

- INEC lamented that Nigeria's politicians come up with various strategies including attacking strongholds of their opponents during voting

- The commission also accused politicians of engaging in massive vote buying during elections

Nigerian politicians, security agencies and others have been indicted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as being the hindrance to free and fair elections in the country.

The position was made by Rotimi Oyekanmi, on behalf of the chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, at a parley with journalists in Lagos.

The Guardian reports that Oyekanmi categorically mentioned politicians as one of the biggest problems faced by INEC in the course of elections.

INEC accuses politicians, security agencies of frustrating free elections in Nigeria
Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman
Source: UGC

According to him, they do everything possible to sabotage the system and subvert the process.

He noted that the politicians have now adopted the strategy of disrupting elections in places where they know they cannot win.

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He lamented that if INEC decides to withhold elections in such affected areas, the same politicians turn around to accuse the commission of incompetence.

Giving illustration, he said: “When politicians realised that we had changed both the colours and other features of polling papers in 2015, they then thought up a new strategy.

“They resorted to vote-buying, which was so prominent in Ekiti state. We were surprised; we didn’t know that would happen. We didn’t face that scenario in Anambra.”

He said some of the other challenges faced by the commission include voter apathy, the law that one can only vote where one registered. reports that the Situation Room, a civil society group, also, on Monday, December 30, released its review of the performance of INEC.

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Clement Nwankwo, the convener of the civil society group, said that the electoral body lacked the ability to stand up to the agencies of state that are used to manipulate elections.

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