INEC frowns at politi­cians’ im­punity on elec­toral process

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Ibrahim Kabiru Sule

The In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC) yes­ter­day lamented the “per­sis­tent” im­punity of politi­cians and their sup­port­ers on the elec­toral process in the coun­try.

The com­mis­sion warned that such acts by some par­ti­san in­di­vid­u­als are ca­pa­ble of de­rail­ing the at­tain­ment of in­ter­na­tional best prac­tice in the con­duct of Nigeria’s elec­tions.

Spokesper­son of

the com­mis­sion, Kay­ode Idowu in a state­ment on Ek­iti and Osun up­com­ing elec­tions, said INEC has noted with re­gret “the per­sist­ing ten­dency to­wards im­punity by some par­ti­sans and their sup­port­ers in the elec­toral process.

“Un­less politi­cians abide at all times by rel­e­vant rules and codes of ethics, and also per­suade their sup­port­ers to do like­wise, the Nige­rian elec­toral process would be hin­dered from at­tain­ing to in­ter­na­tional best stan­dards that INEC is work­ing hard to take it.”

On the up­com­ing states elec­tions in Ek­iti and Osun, the com­mis­sion ad­vised elec­torates to visit its lo­cal govern­ment of­fices for the collection of Per­ma­nent Voter’s Card (PVC).

INEC ex­plained the gov­er­nor­ship elec­tions in the two states and sub­se­quent gen­eral elec­tions would not recog­nise tem­po­rary voter’s cards.

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