LG elections are nothing but organised crime, says INEC commissioner

LG elections are nothing but organised crime, says INEC commissioner

- The Akwa Ibom state resident electoral commissioner, Mike Igini, has opened up on the conduct of LG elections in Nigeria

- Igini is of the opinion that local government elections are not free and fair and are nothing but organised crime

- State governors were accused by the resident electoral commissioner of interfering in the electoral process

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Mike Igini, the Akwa Ibom state resident electoral commissioner has said that in Nigeria local government elections are nothing but organised crime.

Igini who made the disclosure on Wednesday, November 25, while speaking on Channels Television's Politics Today noted that local government polls should not be called elections in any way.

The electoral commissioner went on to accuse state governors of interfering in the conduct of the elections at the grassroots level.

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LG elections are nothing but organised crime, says INEC commissioner
Akwa Ibom REC says LG elections in Nigeria are nothing but organised crime. Photo credit: @inecnigeria
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According to Igini, not less than 774 local governments in the country have been lost to every sitting governor of the 36 states.

He also explained that what constitutes free, fair, and credible elections with respect to INEC-conducted election is different from the local government.”

The INEC REC said:

“Local government elections are nothing but organised crime. They should not be calling them elections at all. Look at the Local Government system in Nigeria."

Igini said that though the conduct of elections in Nigeria is not where it ought to be, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has, however, made remarkable progress.

He reiterated the body's commitment to enhance the transparency of the electoral process by deploying more technology and innovation.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that a court in Akwa Ibom has ordered the arrest of a professor. The University of Uyo professor is accused of trying to rig the 2019 Akwa Ibom northwest senatorial district election.

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The professor, Ignatius Uduk had refused to appear before the court after several unsuccessful attempts to serve him with the summons. This was disclosed by Odaro Aisien, HOD Voter Education at INEC.

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