INEC: increasing election violence frightening

Gbenga Omokhunu and Frank Ikpefan, Abuja


Independent National Electoral Commission on Wednesday said emerging trend of violence and vote-buying during elections have become a threat to Nigeria’s electoral process.

The commission stressed that the trend was becoming frightening to the electoral umpire and other concerned stakeholders.

The commission, at the presentation yesterday in Abuja of a report on Kogi and Bayelsa polls by a non-governmental organisation (NGO), NESSACTION, admitted that the two governorship elections were characterised by violence.

INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Solomon Soyebi, spoke on behalf of the commission.

He said the nation must unite and eliminate violence from the electoral process.

Soyebi urged Nigerians to discourage vote-buying during elections.

He said: “This new trend of violence in election is totally frightening. We will not fold our arms or close our eyes and pretend…

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