Nigeria can’t handle failed election, INEC warns

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The Independent National Electoral Commission on Monday warned that consequences of a failed election would be too enormous for the country, and urged all stakeholders to ensure the general elections are held under a peaceful atmosphere.

INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner for Osun state, Mr. Olusegun Agbaje, while addressing a Stakeholders’ Meeting held at the Commission’s office in Osogbo, said Nigerians must do everything necessary towards ensuring the conduct of free, fair and credible elections.

Agbaje, who lamented win at all cost attitude of the political class, said politicians often deploy all sorts of illicit means to win an election, and restated the readiness of the Commission to conduct an election that would be acceptable to all parties.

He said, “Politicians often engage in illicit acts such as vote buying, use of thugs to disrupt election, false alarm and dissemination of fake news to whip up unnecessary sentiments as well as the use of hate speeches or vulgar languages to undermine the electoral process.

“I plead with you to shun violence, malpractices, snatching of ballot boxes, buying and selling of voter cards, intimidation of election officials, vote buying and all other election vices. In alternative, you can engage in effective, positive, purposeful and sustainable participation in the democratic process.”

According to him, the Commission has recruited and trained 16,000 ad-hoc staff drawn from the two federal government institutions, NYSC and federal civil service with offices in Osun.

He added that poll would take place in 3,010 polling units and that 1,260,748 Permanent Voters Cards have so far been collected, leaving 419,182 PVCs uncollected.

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