The Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC)has on Tuesday hinted its decision on suspending the 2019 general Election,following the recent threats and violence perpertrated by some political parties and politicans in the country.
Speaking on the matter,the INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu,expressed his displeasure following the recent trending disturbing videos of some politicans threatening blood shed during their campaigns.In his words…
“In fact, the Electoral Act, especially section 26, empowers the commission to suspend election on account of violence or threat of violence. “So, we will continue to partner and continue to work with the security agencies as we approach the 2019 general election. Our meetings are going to become more frequent and regular”.
“Elections cannot be conducted in an atmosphere of rancor. So, we share this great responsibility with the security agencies. Good election is good for this country. Bad election is a recipe for disaster; we don’t pray for it. “So, let us continue to work together to anticipate the challenges and address the challenges because we have the capacity to do so. The nation expects we should do so and once we do so, there will be fewer problems during elections”.
“We see statements by some of the political actors captured and circulated nationwide via social media platforms. It is something that the security agencies need to put an eye on because if we allow this to pester, it will encourage those who may wish to do some destructive actions or feel encouraged to do so.
“But if we take immediate action, I think we may be able to stop them and further secure the environment for us to conduct free, fair and credible elections”.