INEC urged to main­tain neutrality in Bayelsa polls

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Eseohe Eb­hota

The In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC) has been urged to main­tain the same neutrality it did which led to the na­tion­wide com­men­da­tion dur­ing the last gen­eral elec­tions in the course of con­duct­ing the Bayelsa State gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion.

This ap­peal was made in a press re­lease is­sued in Abuja by a Civil So­ci­ety Or­ga­ni­za­tion (CSO), the Na­tional Con­science Re­birth Fo­rum.

The group ad­vised INEC to con­tinue on the wind of the ac­co­lades it had re­ceived due to the re­cent un­bi­ased con­duct of the 2015 polls.

The state­ment, which was signed by the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s co­or­di­na­tor, Com­rade Sun­day Bright, stated that de­spite the de­ci­sion of some po­lit­i­cal par­ties to opt for ‘scan­dalous and un­pop­u­lar can­di­dates’ amongst the elec­torate as their flag bear­ers, there was the pos­si­bil­ity that the same peo­ple might be bank­ing on elec­toral ma­nip­u­la­tions to oust Gover­nor Se­ri­ake Dick­son.

“We are all aware of what has tran­spired in the party pri­maries of some po­lit­i­cal par­ties in the state, where there were un­der­hand tac­tics em­ployed to en­sure some char­ac­ters got the party ticket. We are us­ing this op­por­tu­nity to plead with INEC to be mind­ful of these doom char­ac­ters. If dogs eat their own, what will they do to oth­ers?” he queried.

They also en­joined the se­cu­rity agen­cies posted to the state to re­main neu­tral in their en­gage­ments in or­der to avoid scan­dals as wit­nessed at the just con­cluded Ek­iti elec­tions.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion also called on the elec­torate to re­main vig­i­lant and en­sure that their voice for the con­ti­nu­ity of Gover­nor Dick­son’s de­vel­op­ment projects was not stalled for per­sonal vendetta.

Prince Abubakar Audu

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